SACRAMENTO – Bay Area musician Lloyd Gregory is looking to jazz up the capital city. The guitar afficianado comes to Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum Thursday, June 20 for its Jazz in the Courtyard series. The show is set to run 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gregory, based in San Francisco, is an award winning master of acoustic and electric guitar, his soulful, and flowing sound combines unique hints of his extensive R&B roots along with jazz and island rhythms. His music is called “melodic” and “immediately charismatic.”
“Minor 7th: Acoustic Music Review” says, “Lloyd expertly fuses soul, pop and jazz, forging a hybrid that is both enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.” Gregory effortlessly incorporates genres of African, reggae, Brazilian, R&B and smooth jazz into his performances as well as in the making of his most recent CD, “Gentle Warrior.” AllMusic.com reviewer William Ruhlmann states, “Lloyd Gregory takes listeners on a musical travelogue… The album boasts more variety than the usual smooth jazz guitar collection, reflecting the musician’s lengthy experience and mastery of different styles.”
Although Gregory has released five critically acclaimed albums of his own, he has also recorded with Martha Reeves, MC Smooth and Freddie Stewart (Sly & The Family Stone); and has performed onstage with Rodney Franklin, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Gerald Albright, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Freda Payne, The Dells, and Lowell Fulsom. He spent years touring extensively while serving as the musical director for The Ballads, Natural Four and Jesse James, and performed on their albums. As a studio musician in Los Angeles, Gregory worked with legendary producer Richard Perry and played sessions with top musicians such as Klaus Voorman (The Beatles), Arthur Adams (B.B. King, Quincy Jones), Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, George Benson) and Joe Sample (The Crusaders).
“Gentle Warrior” is on jazz icon Stanley Clarke’s label, Roxboro Entertainment Group, which is distributed by Bungalo Records division of Universal Music Group. Clarke wisely selected Gregory as one of only four artists to launch his record label. Its tracks are available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other Internet sources.
“I love Lloyd’s style as a musician,” the legendary Stanley Clarke says. “He is a sweet, warm guy, which comes out in his music. His music reminds me of a modern-day Wes Montgomery.”
Through its Jazz in the Courtyard Series, the Crocker presents first class musicians like Gregory every third Thursday from May through September. Tickets are $6 for museum members, $10 college students and youth 17 and under and $12 for non-members. Tickets are available online at www.crockerartmuseum.org, at the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. Limited tickets may be available at the Admission Desk the day of the concert. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in downtown Sacramento.
By Genoa Barrow
OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer