|Lloyd Gregory Music
Lloyd Gregory, a popular entertainer on the San Francisco/Bay Area music scene for several decades, has an instrumental sound that may be the epitome of smooth, but it also contains subtle elements of classic soul music due to his early career as an R&B performer, especially the years he spent touring extensively while serving as the musical director for The Ballads, Natural Four and Jesse James, and performing on their albums.
Gregory also has 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.
Gregory Lloyd’s albums show his versatility. His debut album Wonderful -- which received heavy airplay nationwide and climbed the jazz charts in the top music industry radio publications Radio & Records and The Gavin Report -- featured contemporary jazz with some R&B and funk elements. "Only For You" continued in that vein with some tunes featuring his acoustic guitar playing and others showcasing Lloyd Gregory on a solid-body electric. His third album was a change of pace as the title, Solo Guitar, indicates. The CD features Lloyd Gregory alone on acoustic playing standards like “Sophisticated Lady” and “Ain’t Misbehavin” for audiences that have come to know that side of him from his solo concerts. But Lloyd Gregory most often performs live with an ensemble, and many of those musicians make appearances on his new Free Fallin disc (on the Integy Entertainment label). However, on the album Lloyd Gregory primarily plays his Ovation Custom Legend round-back acoustic guitar while at concerts with his band he likes to rock a bit harder and usually he plays a Yamaha electric. Southern Ukulele
Lloyd Gregory grew up in Cleveland with music a major part of his life -- at home (his mother played piano and Lloyd Gregory started at age five), at church, his grandfather was a minister, and at school Lloyd Gregory played trombone, drums and cello -- the latter from elementary school through high school. Lloyd Gregory began learning guitar at age 11, and through high school played guitar and piano in a R&B band covering James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and The
Temptations. Lloyd Gregory’s senior year he moved to Berkeley, California, and put together a band called The Aztecs (Sly Stone joined them onstage one time).
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