Didier Lockwood

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Didier Lockwood
Didier Lockwood 2014.jpg
Didier Lockwood in October 2014
Background information
Born(1956-02-11)11 February 1956
Calais, France
Died18 February 2018(2018-02-18) (aged 62)
Paris, France
GenresJazz, progressive rock
LabelsJMS, Gramavision, Dreyfus
Associated actsAldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Surya

Didier Lockwood (11 February 1956 – 18 February 2018) was a French jazz violinist. He played in the progressive rock/jazz fusion band Magma in the 1970s and was known for his use of electric amplification and experimentation on different sounds on the electric violin.[1][2][3]


In 1979, Lockwood released his first album as a leader, New World,[4] and subsequently recorded more than 20 albums.[5] In 1994, he moved to New York City for two years. During that time he recorded two albums, New York Rendez Vous and Storyboard.[6]

Lockwood's influences included fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. He took up the electric violin after hearing Ponty play on the album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa.[1] Another important influence was fellow Frenchman Stéphane Grappelli. In 2000, Lockwood recorded a tribute album to Grappelli.[7]

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]


with Magma
with Pierre Moerlen's Gong
with ZAO
with Jarek Śmietana
with Uzeb
  • Absolutely Live (1986, Paroles & Musique, WL-035). (with Didier Lockwood)

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Hart



  1. ^ a b "Didier Lockwood at All About Jazz". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Didier Lockwood". Europejazz.net. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Haigh, Chris. "Jazz violin". Fiddlingaroundtheworld.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  4. ^ New World review at Allmusic
  5. ^ Discography at Allmusic
  6. ^ ="USA">"Lockwood moved to NY" (PDF). Didier Lockwood Biography. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. ^ Knudsen, Benji. "Jazz and the French Violinist: Stephane Grappelli and Didier Lockwood". The Vermont Review. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  8. ^ Concert 1976 Opéra de Reims at Discogs
  9. ^ Didier Lockwood > Credits at Allmusic
  10. ^ ZAO: Live! review at Allmusic

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