Charles Lloyd (born March 15, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the Hungarian tárogató.
He was originally active in the 1960s gaining a huge crossover rock orchestra. After a sabbatical in the 1980s he returned in the 1990s, mainly on ECM, to renewed success
Lloyd’s working band since 2007 features pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland.