New York, July 2006
■■■ Recent News & Stories
wins 2006 Mallet Player of the Year Award
Joe Locke proudly received the Jazz Journalists Association 2006 award for Mallet Player of the Year, voted on by JJA's approximately 400 professional members on Monday, June 19, at the annual gala presented at B. B. King's Blues Club and Grill, in New York City.
Photos on our homepage >
■■■ Recording Projects
The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live In Seattle
This exciting live recording on Origin Records, features, along with Joe and Geoffrey, Mike Pope (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums).
Bill Barton's review of the Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group's performance at the Ballard Jazz Festival, where this music was recorded, on the All About Jazz website: Locke/Keezer Group
- For purchasing and information directly from Origin Records
- More info and live performance videos here >
- Bill Barton's Ballard Festival concert review on All About Jazz >
Eddie Daniels recording
Joe will be recording with saxophonist/clarinettist Eddie Daniels this October.
Van Gogh By Numbers
The Joe Locke / Christos Rafalides Duo
This unique recording of virtuoso performances from two mallet masters has no immediate plans for commercial release but will be distributed to various world wide percussion societies and ensembles to promote The Duo's touring and workshops, and be sold at those venues and performances.
More information and Press Kit here >
All About Jazz Reviews:
John Kelman >
Ken Dryden >
Please contact us for details of the recording and interest in appearances and educational clinics.
You can now purchase "Van Gogh By Numbers" (complete album or single tracks) in downloadable MP3 formats at Joe Locke's Music Shop: www.shop.joelocke.com plus download the original printable album artwork as a free bonus.
The Frank Kimbrough / Joe Locke Duo : Verrazano Moon
In their first live recording, the piano-vibes duo of Frank Kimbrough and Joe Locke, described by the press as "stunning" and "luminous," present the gentler side of "adventurous and listenable." Verrazano Moon, their third CD for OmniTone, is a well-balanced mix of originals and standards yielding deliciously rich and beautiful music that both sophisticated listener and good music lover will enjoy time and again.
Verrazano Moon will be released in October 2006 on Omnitone Records.
■■■ Joe Locke: concerts - gigs - appearances
Detroit Jazz Festival 2006
Joe Locke & The Milt Jackson Tribute Band is honored to headline the Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day, September 4th, in Bag's hometown.
Milt Jackson Tribute Band Italian Tour 2007
Joe Locke & The Milt Jackson Tribute Band will be on tour in Italy during January 25 - February 07, 2007.
UK Tour: Momentum - The Music of Tim Garland and Graham Fitkin
(w/ Geoffrey Keezer, John Patitucci + Neil Percy and other members of the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra).
March 12 - 22, 2007
‘Momentum’ is a bold attempt to fuse the complexity of both composers’ music into a coherent whole. It will be presented as a contemporary concerto grosso, with the improvising trio of Garland, Keezer and Locke at its core. The larger group of six players will both reflect and prompt the smaller. The double bass will feature prominently, and will act as the fulcrum between the two ensembles. All of the music will be written specially for this tour.
Confirmed 2006 appearances
NYC "Love You Madly" - The Music of Duke Ellington
(w/ Bill Charlap, Peter Bernstein, Kenny Washington, Bill Mays, etc.) - 92nd St Y
ITALY - Tour
Joe Locke / David Kikoski Quartet (w/ Gary Novak and Ed Howard)
July 31 - August 4
Boston, MA - Zeltsman Marimba Festival - Boston Conservatory
Marblehead, MA duets w/ Geoffrey Keezer - Marblehead Summer Jazz Series
September 1 & 2
NYC Joe Locke & The Milt Jackson Tribute Band
(w/ Mike LeDonne, Bob Cranshaw and Mickey Roker) - Kitano Hotel
Detroit, MI Joe Locke & The Milt Jackson Tribute Band
(w/ Mike LeDonne, Bob Cranshaw and Mickey Roker) - Detroit Jazz Festival
Rome, ITA w/ Rosario Giuliani Quintet (featuring Jean-Michel Pilc) - Alexanderplatz
NYC w/ Trio Da Paz - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
October 19 - 22
NYC w/ Eddie Daniels Quintet - Iridium Jazz Club
Sweden w/ Bohuslän Big Band (w/ Anders Bergcrantz) - TBA
Half Moon Bay, CA, - vibes / marimba duets with Christos Rafalides
Bach, Dancing & Dynamite Society
Rochester, NY Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group - Water Street Music Hall
View current 2006/2007 appearances schedule online >
Thanks and best wishes
Nadja von Massow (Joe