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Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has performed and recorded with a diverse range of notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, the Münster Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony.

Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, bandleader and conceptualist that he is considered today. This is in no small part due to his solo projects of the last decade. “Four Walls of Freedom” (Sirocco), a 6 movement suite based on the writing of the monk Thomas Merton, which he composed as a vehicle for tenor saxophonist Bob Berg, garnered high praise from the critical community as a major work and won several international polls. “Live in Seattle” (Origin), by The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, won the 2006 EarShot award for “Concert of the Year”. This group is well loved and emulated by younger musicians looking for direction and inspiration. The overwhelming success of his recent quartet, “Force of Four” (Origin), can be attributed to the talents of his young cohorts and to the leader’s musical philosophy, which is to honor tradition while keeping both feet planted in the present and future. His 2011 album, the captivating, immersive album “VIA”, is the result of a reunion of Storms/Nocturnes, the transatlantic trio with Geoffrey Keezer and Tim Garland.

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

“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 Mainieri

“Locke has secured a spot among the world’s top jazz vibists – and one of the most popular. Without sacrificing his jazz integrity or intent, Locke still manages to engage even casual listeners with a mixture of edgy attitude and artistic purity.” — Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner

“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.” — Derek Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Primary Instrument

Vibraphone

Credentials/Background

Hon ARAM & 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...

Clinic/Workshop Information

Classes in jazz improvisation, arranging, composition, ensemble playing, etc Masterclass "The Spirituality of Imperfection", which resonates with students and teachers alike This masterclass discusses how our shortcomings and weaknesses are as important to our creative development as our accomplishments

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Albums

Album Subtle Disguise by Joe Locke

Subtle Disguise

Origin Records
2018

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Album Love Is A Pendulum by Joe Locke

Love Is A Pendulum

Motéma Music
2015

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Album Wish Upon a Star by Joe Locke

Wish Upon a Star

Motéma Music
2013

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Album Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol.1 by Joe Locke

Lay Down My Heart:...

Motéma Music
2013

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Album Breakthrough by Eldar Djangirov

Breakthrough

Motéma Music
2013

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Album Signing by Joe Locke

Signing

Motéma Music
2012

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Red Cloud

Red Cloud

Joe Locke
Subtle Disguise

Point of View Redux

Point of View Redux

Joe Locke
Breakthrough

Broken Toy

Broken Toy

Joe Locke
Lay Down Your Heart - Blues &...

Available in Blue

Available in Blue

Joe Locke
WIsh Upon a Star

The Lost Lenore

The Lost Lenore

Joe Locke
Signing

Her Sanctuary

Her Sanctuary

Joe Locke
VIA

Verrazano Moon

Verrazano Moon

Joe Locke
For the Love of You

Alpha Punk

Alpha Punk

Joe Locke
Force of Four

Sword of Whispers

Sword of Whispers

Joe Locke
Sticks and Strings

Van Gogh By Numbers

Van Gogh By Numbers

Joe Locke
Live In Seattle

Big Town

Big Town

Joe Locke
Rev-elation

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