Joe Locke

Joe Locke is regarded by many to be the most gifted vibraphonist of his generation. In addition to his strengths as an instrumentalist, recent recordings and live performances , offer evidence of his ever- growing stature as a band leader, composer and conceptualist.

Joe Locke has released more than 30 recordings as a band leader, and appeared on more than 120 albums as a guest artist.

As a jazz musician, Locke was precocious, having played with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaria before he was even out of high school

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”Joe Locke is a wonderful young man who's all about the music, all the time! You can hear it in every note he plays.” (Bobby Hutcherson)

“Joe Locke's playing and writing have been an absolute joy to this vibist's ears that have been starving to hear a player who challenges himself on every tune. Joe is constantly pushing the envelope musically. The cat is going into orbit soon .... I love it!” (Mike Manieri)

“Not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz - but he has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice.” (Derk Richardson, SanFrancisco Bay Guardian)

“In the select group of contemporary vibes players, Locke has claims to head the list.” (Penguin Encyclopedia of Jazz)

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International Vibraphone Consultant (visiting) at the Royal Academy of Music, London Further teaching engagements at University of Utah, SLC (USA) The Royal Conservatoire, Birmingham (UK) The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (UK) The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (UK) Prins Claus Conservatoire, Groningen (NL) and more...

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In addition to the classes that Mr. Locke can offer in jazz improvisation, arranging, composition, ensenble playing, etc, a masterclass is given called, "The Spirituality of Imperfection", which has really resonated with students and teachers alike on my college visits

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