Joseph P. Locke, 18 March 1959, Palo Alto, California, USA. Although he was to become one of the most strikingly gifted jazz vibraphonists of his generation, Locke began on drums. At the start of his teenage years, he switched to the instrument on which he was to make his name, studying in Rochester, New York. He played with local bands in the north-eastern states, sometimes leading his own group, and also sitting in with visiting jazzmen, including Dizzy Gillespie and Pepper Adams. Based in New York City from the start of the 80s, by the end of that decade Locke had begun to appear on the world stage, making numerous national and European tours. Mostly, this was as leader of his own quartet but he was also featured with Gunther Schullers Mingus Epitaph tour, which performed Charles Mingus epic composition at major concert halls, including Londons Barbican in 1991.
Locke has visited Russia several times to play...
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