Charles Lloyd
flute
saxophone
tárogató
Wild Man Dance Orchestra
Gerald Clayton
piano
Reuben Rogers
bass
bass
Eric Harland
percussion
percussion
Miklos Lukacs
cymbalom
cymbalom
Sokratis Sinopoulos
lyra
Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloydwas born on March 15, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee. From an early age, he was immersed in that city’s rich musical life and exposed to jazz. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 9. Pianist Phineas Newborn became his mentor and took him to Irvin Reason for lessons. Lloyd worked in Phineas Sr’s band and from the age of 12 worked as sideman in the blues bands of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnnie Ace, Bobbie “Blue” Bland, and others.

In 1956 Lloyd moved to Los Angeles and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. His influence as a composer and a player quickly pushed it in a more progressive post-bop direction. He recorded two albums as a leader for Columbia Records and Discovery; his sidemen were other young musicians including Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

Through 1965- 1969 he led a quartet with pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Cecil McBee (later, Ron McClure), and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The quartet’s music was an interesting fusion of straight-ahead post-bop, free jazz and world music which quickly caught the attention of both jazz fans and critics. His album Forest Flower, Live at Monterey became a commercial hit, largely on the strength of the title track.

The first ECM release was Fish Out of Water with Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen. The ECM recordings showcased his sensitivity as a ballad player and composer.  He maintains an active recording and tour schedule. His “new” quartet with Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Roger, bass, and Eric Harland, drums, is well matched with Lloyd’s creative and adventurous spirit. They have two recordings on ECM, Rabo de Nube (2008) and Mirror (2010).


Gerald ClaytonOver the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today’s jazz lexicon.

Born in the Netherlands in 1984 and raised in Southern California, Clayton took his first piano lessons before age seven with the full support and encouragement of his father, the acclaimed jazz bassist, composer and bandleader, John Clayton. Clayton attended the L.A. County High School for the Arts and then enrolled at the USC Thornton School of Music. In the midst of his third year at USC, he temporarily relocated to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music.

In 2006, Gerald received the second place prize in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. In 2009, he released Two Shade, his debut album as a leader, with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. Sanders and Brown have remained with him for his two subsequent records. It was from this recording that Gerald received a 2010 Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” for his rendition of Cole Porter’s “All of You.”

In 2011, Gerald received a second Grammy nomination, this time for “Best Jazz Instrumental Composition”, for his piece Battle Circle featured on the Clayton Brothers recording, The New Song and Dance. The same year, Clayton released his second album, Bond: The Paris Sessions. Bond received a Grammy nomination, Gerald’s third, in 2012 for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”.


Reuben Rogershas a natural penchant for story telling. And he will be the first to tell you his skills have coalesced under the influence of his impressive contemporaries. Rogers’ ability to transport the emotion of a piece into his accompaniment is akin to that of a fine woven tapestry, creating a blanket of rhythm and harmony that is welcomed by vocalists and instrumentalists alike.

Born on November 15, 1974, and raised in the Virgin Islands, Rogers was exposed to varieties of music that included Calypso, Reggae, Gospel and Jazz. In his formative years, he received encouragement from his parents to explore his exceptional musical talent. He began with the clarinet, experimented with the piano, drums and guitar, yet at the tender age of 14 found his true passion in the bass.

Rogers’ musical education is punctuated by numerous outstanding student awards, most notably, a scholarship endowed by the Fish Middleton Jazz Society. He earned his Bachelor of Music in 1997 from Berklee College of Music. Rogers’ command of both the electric and acoustic bass has aided him in adapting to various musical genres. This versatility in addition to the creative energy that Rogers brings to the stage and recording studio has led him to be one of the most sought after bassists of his generation. He has enjoyed the opportunity of intense musical relationships with jazz artists of world-renown, such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton and Dianne Reeves, amongst others. Rogers’ peers continue to influence and enrich his musical style and direction. He has toured extensively all over the globe, and has recorded on over 60 CDs.


Eric HarlandMulti-Grammy Nominated Drummer, Eric Harland is the most “in demand drummer” of his generation. He has already been on close to 200 recordings at his age of 36. Eric has been recognized in the Boston Globe, New York Times, JazzTimes, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz, The New Yorker, DownBeat, L’uomo Vogue and other prominent publications. It has been his privilege to share the stage with masters such as Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, MyCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover, Bill Cosby and many others, as well as today’s up and coming artists like Esperanza Spalding, Jane Monheit, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Stacie Orrico and others.

His current list of performing groups includes James Farm with Joshua Redman, PRISM with Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Overtone with Dave Holland, Jason Moran and Chris Potter, and Voyager, Eric’s own widely recognized group. But Eric doesn’t stop there, he also manages to fit in many collaborations with world renowned artists, such as Les Claypool’s Primus, Dispatch the band, John Mayer, Spike Lee, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson from American Idol. Through Harland’s extensive travels, he has come to realize that “the deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation”.


Miklos LukacsMulti-Grammy Nominated Drummer, Eric Harland is the most “in demand drummer” of his generation. He has already been on close to 200 recordings at his age of 36. Eric has been recognized in the Boston Globe, New York Times, JazzTimes, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz, The New Yorker, DownBeat, L’uomo Vogue and other prominent publications. It has been his privilege to share the stage with masters such as Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, MyCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover, Bill Cosby and many others, as well as today’s up and coming artists like Esperanza Spalding, Jane Monheit, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Stacie Orrico and others.

His current list of performing groups includes James Farm with Joshua Redman, PRISM with Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Overtone with Dave Holland, Jason Moran and Chris Potter, and Voyager, Eric’s own widely recognized group. But Eric doesn’t stop there, he also manages to fit in many collaborations with world renowned artists, such as Les Claypool’s Primus, Dispatch the band, John Mayer, Spike Lee, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson from American Idol. Through Harland’s extensive travels, he has come to realize that “the deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation”.


Sokratis Sinopouloswas born in Athens, Greece. He studied classical guitar while taking lessons in Byzantine music and folk song, initially at Simon Karas’ school and then at I. Tsiamoulis, where he sang with the school children’s choir. In 1988, he started studying lyra and lute with Ross Daly, and a year later he joined his group Labyrinthos. In the last twenty years Sinopoulos has collaborated with composers, musicians and singers from Greece and abroad in various genres, from folk music to jazz, participating in countless concerts and recordings all around the world. In 1999 he was honored with the Melina Mercouri national award for young artists. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Music Science and Art in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.