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In the Jazz Tradition:
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
+ Lucinda Williams

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 8:00 pm

Carolina Theatre of Durham

The ‘In the Jazz Tradition’ Package, which provides access to all 14 ‘In the Jazz Tradition’ sets at Durham Fruit & Produce, including performances by Nnenna Freelon, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Nellie McKay, Catherine Russell, Jazzmeia Horn, René Marie, and Kate McGarry, is now on sale (this package does NOT include tickets for Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams at the Carolina Theatre). Packages and $10 Duke student tickets are available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


Steeped in the sounds of the Deep South, Lucinda Williams and Charles Lloyd are pillars of American music. Raised in Memphis, Lloyd has long expressed his hometown’s musical heritage through the soul and might of jazz. A masterful saxophonist and flutist with a riverine sense of melody, Lloyd has added rock and soul to jazz landmarks and lent his improvisational gusto to rock legends. Likewise, Williams, a Louisiana native, mixed country, rock, and folk long before it was fashionable. As a songwriter, she is as poetically incisive as she is ruthlessly honest. As a singer, she is the ultimate emotional conduit, capable of mixing romance and rage in a single song.

Respectively in their eighties and sixties, Lloyd and Williams — longtime mutual collaborators with modern guitar master Bill Frisell — are now doing some of their most powerful work. In 2017, they joined up for a powerhouse cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” turning the American standard into marching orders. On the wonderful new Vanished Gardens, released in 2018 by Blue Note Records, Williams and Lloyd front Lloyd’s band The Marvels — Frisell, pedal steel master Greg Leisz, and the wondrous rhythm section of Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland. They bring this lineup to Duke Performances for a concert that draws on jazz, rock, and soul, reinvigorating the American Songbook.


Charles Lloyd & The Marvels:
Charles Lloyd, saxophone & flute
Lucinda Williams, voice & guitar
Bill Frisell, guitar
Greg Leisz, pedal & lap steel
Eric Harland, drums
Reuben Rogers, bass


Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams is a co-presentation of Duke Performances & The Carolina Theatre of Durham.

“Lucinda Williams is still one of the great American mavericks.”

The Guardian

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