A funny thing happened on the way to jazz vet Charles Lloyd’s first live streaming concert in the pandemic era on Saturday, linked to the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. An unexpected glut of interest resulted in a technical glitch, and the intended audience, eager to catch this elder jazz statesman (and longtime Santa Barbara resident) overloaded the circuits, suffering through the dreaded “Internal Server Error” slap down. The show, from the Paul Mauder Gallery, was delayed by a half hour—as outgoing festival honcho Jessica Felix declared, a “happy problem.”
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The end result was a felicitous cultural happening, as Lloyd teamed up with longtime ally, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and newly-minted ally, young guitar wizard Julian Lage, launching a special new east-meets-west-meets-Eastern European trio entity. Lage, who played with Lloyd at a milestone 80th-birthday