Joe Locke

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Joe Locke
Joe Locke.jpg
Joe Locke, 2007
Photo by Nadja von Massow
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Paul Locke
Born (1959-03-18) March 18, 1959 (age 60)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
InstrumentsVibraphone, marimba
Years active1975–present
LabelsMotéma, Wire Walker, Omnitone, Origin, Sharp Nine, SteepleChase, eOne
Associated actsForce of Four, 4 Walls of Freedom, Storms/Nocturnes

Joseph Paul Locke (born March 18, 1959) is an American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator.

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jazz Journalist Association Awards: Mallet Instrumentalist (Mallet Player) of the Year, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction, 2016
  • Hot House NYC Jazz Awards: 'Vibes Player of the Year', 2013
  • Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz, Seattle: Concert of the Year, 2005, 2007


  • 1990 Present Tense (SteepleChase)
  • 1991 Longing (SteepleChase)
  • 1991 But Beautiful with Kenny Barron SteepleChase
  • 1993 Wire Walker (SteepleChase)
  • 1995 Very Early (SteepleChase)
  • 1995 Moment to Moment: The Music of Henry Mancini (Milestone)
  • 1996 Inner Space (SteepleChase)
  • 1997 Sound Tracks (Milestone)
  • 1998 Slander (And Other Love Songs) (Milestone)
  • 1999 Saturn's Child with Frank Kimbrough (OmniTone)
  • 1999 Mutual Admiration Society with David Hazeltine Quartet (Sharp Nine)
  • 2001 Beauty Burning (Sirocco)
  • 2001 The Willow with Frank Kimbrough (OmniTone)
  • 2001 Storytelling (Sirocco)
  • 2002 State of Soul (Sirocco)
  • 2003 4 Walls of Freedom (Sirocco)
  • 2004 Dear Life (Sirocco)
  • 2004 Sailing (Pony Canyon)
  • 2004 Summer Knows with Geoff Keezer (Eighty Eight's/Sony)
  • 2005 Summertime with Geoff Keezer (Eighty Eight's/Sony)
  • 2005 Rev.elation (Sharp Nine)
  • 2005 Van Gogh by Numbers with Christos Rafalides (Wire Walker)
  • 2006 Fallen Angel with Bob Sneider (Sons of Sound)
  • 2006 Live in Seattle with Geoffrey Keezer (Origin)
  • 2007 Sticks and Strings (MusicEyes)
  • 2008 Live at JazzBaltica with Trio Da Paz (Maxjazz)
  • 2008 Verrazano Moon with Frank Kimbrough (OmniTone)
  • 2008 Force of Four (Origin)
  • 2009 Mutual Admiration Society Vol. 2 (Sharp Nine)
  • 2010 For the Love of You (E1)
  • 2011 Via with Geoffrey Keezer, Tim Garland (Origin)
  • 2012 Signing (Motéma)
  • 2012 Wish Upon a Star (Motéma)
  • 2013 Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads, Vol. 1 (Motéma)
  • 2015 Love Is a Pendulum (Motéma)
  • 2018 Subtle Disguise (Origin)

As sideman[edit]

With Freddy Cole

  • 1994 Always
  • 1994 I Want a Smile for Christmas
  • 1996 A Circle of Love
  • 1997 To the Ends of the Earth
  • 1999 Le Grand Freddy[12]

With Barbara Dennerlein

  • 1995 Take Off!
  • 1997 Junkanoo[12]

With Dena DeRose

  • 2000 I Can See Clearly Now
  • 2002 Love's Holiday[12]

With Wayne Escoffery

  • 2007 Veneration
  • 2008 Hopes and Dreams[12]

With David Finck

  • 2008 Future Day
  • 2017 Low Standards[12]

With Eddie Henderson

  • 1994 Inspiration
  • 1994 Phantoms
  • 1994 Think on Me
  • 1995 Dark Shadows
  • 1998 Dreams of Gershwin
  • 1999 Reemergence
  • 2001 Oasis[12]

With Frank Kimbrough

  • 2001 The Willow
  • 2008 Verrazano Moon[12]

With Manny Oquendo

  • 1999 Ahora
  • 2000 Los New Yorkinos[12]

With Dianne Reeves

  • 1999 Bridges
  • 2004 Christmas Time Is Here[12]

With Jim Rotondi

  • 2001 Destination Up
  • 2010 1000 Rainbows[12]

With others


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  6. ^ Records, Origin. "Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group Live In Seattle (Origin 82464)". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Jazziversaries March 18th". Blew notes. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Motema Music. Artists of power and distinction since 2003". Motema Music. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jazz Chart: July 1, 2013" Jazz Week album charts. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
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  11. ^ "Joe Locke in DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll listing". Joe Locke - official website. July 27, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
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