The legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd brings his brilliant New Quartet, featuring pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, to Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave (at Seneca), at 7:30pm, December 6th, 2009. The quartet unites three stellar representatives of jazz’s younger generation with the venerable artist Charles Lloyd, who’s distinctive tone is defined by technical brilliance informed by a lifetime of spiritual questing and creative collaborations with artists and musical philosophies from around the world.

Lloyd’s New Quartet is a relatively young but well-established group of musicians who are fully capable of sharing Lloyd’s pursuits. A leader in his own right, Jason Moran (piano) brings a mature second lead voice to the group. Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums), one of the most exciting rhythm teams in jazz, form a shifting tonic that’s perfect for bringing the exotic structures in Lloyd’s compositions to life. The group’s recent ECM release, Rabo de Nube, recorded live at a 2007 concert in Switzerland, captures the New Quartet’s energy and sophistication.

Lloyd, who recently turned 70, has significantly refined the strong musical presence best exemplified in his Forest Flower release of 40 years ago. For Lloyd, art is a personal journey; the search for an internal truth comes out in the music. Summed up by Lloyd himself in an address on his Web site: “The pursuit and the music are one.”

Tickets are $10-$35 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at or 800-838-3006. Discounts available for Earshot members, senior citizens and students. Tickets also available at the door on the day of show from Earshot Jazz. Call Earshot Jazz at 206-547-6763 for more information.

The event is sponsored by NAI, New Age Industries, a transportation industry consulting firm.

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