Charles Lloyd is not into ‘ageism.’ The musician still loves touring at 80.

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels and Lucinda Williams will play in Durham. D. Darr

Charles Lloyd has no desire to stop recording and touring. Who can blame him? The venerable jazz musician, calling from Los Angeles, has enjoyed a successful solo career and has performed with an array of icons.

Lloyd, 80, who will appear Monday at the Carolina Theatre with the Marvels and Lucinda Williams, waxes about his latest album, “Vanished Gardens,” his friendship with Jimi Hendrix and reveals Bob Dylan’s wild prediction, which fortunately didn’t come true.

Q: Not many ocotogenarians are as busy as you are. How do you manage such a rigorous schedule when many of your peers are taking it easy?

A: I am not wired into “ageism.” I don’t focus on that. I have had a love for this music all my life and it sustains me to go forward.

Q: You seem so connected to Lucinda Williams. What was it like when you met her?

A: When I met her backstage, there was an instant recognition of understanding and simpatico. I felt it was a Southern crossroads connection without the taint of racism. She is a great poet and a deep soul with a singular voice. Later, I came to find out that we both love Howlin’ Wolf, who I used to work with as a teenager in Memphis.

Q: How much fun is it working with someone, who crafts a different style of music, like Williams and what do you think of her “Unsuffer Me?”

A: I don’t think about the differences, but of the commonality of experience that brings us together. We had a great time in the studio discovering the junipers and magnolias in each other’s songs. “Unsuffer Me” is rough! When the instruments took over at the end, we tried to release her from her pain. It got wild in there.

Read the full Q&A here


Who: Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams
When: Monday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.
Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham
Tickets: $55, $65 and $75.
More information: 919-560-3030,


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