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Born in north California but raised within the northeastern U.S., Joe Locke is definitely a difficult bop/post-bop vibist whose primary influences consist of Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson. Locke was a kid when he transferred from the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Bay Region to Rochester, NY, where he began playing piano and drums at age group eight before taking on the vibraphone at 13. Locke, whose dad taught traditional music, began playing rock and roll but got intensely into straight-ahead jazz in his early teenagers. As an adolescent, he examined privately with pianist Phil Markowitz and bassist Steve Davis. Locke is at his early 20s when he transferred to NY in 1981, and 2 yrs later, he composed the rating for the unbiased film/documentary Un Salvador: Another Vietnam. The vibist’s initial many years in NY were challenging, but because the ’80s advanced, he discovered himself playing or documenting being a sideman for Kenny Barron, Freddy Cole, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Jerry Gonzalez, among others. Within the ’90s, he toured Japan with Eddie Henderson and was utilized on albums by Henderson, Cole, Eddie, Grover Washington, Jr., Dianne Reeves, George Wires, Barbara Dennerlein, Hiram Bullock, as well as the Charles Mingus Ghost Music group. Locke toured Russia four situations with tenor saxophonist Igor Butman, among the country’s best jazzmen. Being a head, Locke recorded many albums for the Danish SteepleChase label before signing up for Milestone/Fantasy’s roster with 1995’s Minute to Minute: The Music of Henry Mancini. His following Milestone schedules included 1997’s Sound Monitors (which focused on music from famous movies) and 1998’s Slander (AS WELL AS OTHER Love Music). Beauty Burning up followed in middle-2000; Storytelling made an appearance the following calendar year. In 2002 Locke came back along with his Storytelling music group for Condition of Spirit. For the Like of You found its way to 2010.

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Full Name Joe Locke
Died October 15, 1999, Clane, Republic of Ireland
Profession Educator, Percussionist
Education Eastman School of Music
Nationality American
Music Songs Verrazano Moon, For the Love of You, Sword of Whispers, But Beautiful, Slander, Saturn's Child, Available in Blue, Rev-elation, Alpha Punk, Love Is a Pendulum, Bright Side Up, Last Ditch Wisdom, Ain't No Sunshine, Stand Inside the Circle, Love Is a Planchette, Dear Life, Love Is Letting Go, Variation on Wisdom, Six Years Remembrance, Broken Toy, The Willow, For Jesse Mountain, Love Is the Tide, Love Is Perpetual Motion, The Prophet Speaks, Used To Be Jackson, Dedicated to You, This New October, Cecil B. DeBop, Young and Foolish, You Say You Care, Blues for Buddy
Albums Force of Four, Love Is a Pendulum, Storms/Nocturnes, Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol 1, Sticks and Strings, Live at Jazzbaltica, Van Gogh by Numbers, 4 Walls of Freedom, Mutual Admiration Society – Joe Locke & David Hazeltine Quartet, Moment to Moment: The Music of Henry Mancini, Beauty Burning, State of Soul, Nocturne for Ava, Very Early, Anytown, For the Love of You, Wire Walker, But Beautiful, The Willow, Lay Down My Heart, Restless Dreams, Storytelling, Mission Impossible, Dear Life, Sound Tracks: Jazz Versions of Timeless Songs From the Cinema, Present Tense, Wish Upon a Star, Stepping On Stars (Live at Umbria Jazz 2009), Summer Knows, Inner Space, Saturn's Child, Longing

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1 Irish tenor, popular for some time in British music halls and in variety. Problems with income tax and the resulting threat of arrest by the authorities caused him to return to Londonderry.
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What a Carry On! 1949 performer: "Le Rêve Passe The Soldier's Dream"
Somewhere in Politics 1948 performer: "Hear My Song, Violetta", "Oft In The Stilly Night", "Macushla" - uncredited
Holidays with Pay 1948 performer: "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, "Moonlight On The Prairie"



What a Carry On! 1949 Sgt. Locke
Somewhere in Politics 1948 Cllr. Willoughby



Without Walls 1992 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Aspel & Company 1992 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 1976 TV Series Himself
The Golden Shot 1969 TV Series Himself
The Good Old Days 1968 TV Series Himself - Performer
Music-Hall 1951 TV Series Himself
The Top Hat 1950 TV Series Himself
Rooftop Rendezvous 1949 TV Series Himself
Holidays with Pay 1948 Himself

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