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Locke, Joe (Joseph P.)

Locke, Joe (Joseph P.), vibraphonist, composer; b. Palo Alto, CA, 18 March 1959.

He has recorded with Eddie Henderson, Grover Washington, Jr., Hiram Bullock, Robin Eubanks, Mark Ledford, The Beastie Boys, Barbara Dennerlein and Freddie Cole.

He has been cited as a "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in both the Downbeat Critics' and Readers' polls, and in 1997 was voted #1 vibist in Brazil's International Jazz Poll. This Grammy-nominated recording features Locke as player, composer and arranger. He has been featured on a number of U.S. and European tours, including headlining the Glasgow Jazz Festival with his quartet and occupying the vibraphone chair for the Mingus "Epitaph" tour. He has been to Russia four times as a guest soloist with the Igor Butman group and has toured Japan several times as a member of the Eddie Henderson Quintet.

He is currently a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School, both in NewYork City. He continues to be an active lecturer and clinician, both in the United States and Europe.

Mission: Impossible; Sound Tracks; Moment to Moment: The Music of Henry Mancini: Wire Walker; But Beautiful
As arranger:
Dream Session (with Benny Golson, George Coleman, Ron Carter and Nicholas Payton); Sleepy Matsumoto: Eternal Dreamer (with Johnny Griffin); Grover Washington Jr.: Breath of Heaven

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