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January 24, 2009

Vibraphonist Joe Locke at Cellar Jazz

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

Master Musician Conducts Afternoon Clinic, Performs Evening Concert

Master vibraphonist and composer Joe Locke visits Vancouver to perform tonight at the Cellar with one of the city’s leading jazz ensembles, Ugetsu, formed by Bernie Arai (drums), Andre Lechance (bass), Ross Taggart (piano), Brad Turner (trumpet), Steve Kaldestad (saxophone) and Rod Murrry (trombone).

The group will perform a first set featuring the music of Joe Locke, followed by a set featuring the music of legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson.

Locke will also conduct a music clinic in the afternoon, welcoming all ages, instrumentation and skill levels to join him from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Cellar to share in his knowledge and experience as well as to learn more about improvisation. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments.

Musician, composer, bandleader and conceptualist Joe Locke has gained international acclaim for his “cool and funky” sound and impressive body of work. Considered one of the preeminent jazz vibraphonists of his generation, Locke has released more than 25 albums as leader, and appears on more than 100 albums as guest artist. Among his many performance/recording credits are names such as Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Jimmy Scott, Rod Stewart, Hiram Bullock, Bob Berg and Jeff “Tain” Watts, to name a few.

Locke’s work has garnered great accolades such as his 4 Walls of Freedom, being voted one of DownBeat magazine’s Top Ten CDs of 2003, while his Re-velation, a tribute to vibes master Milt Jackson, remained #1 on Jazz Week’s national radio chart for 8 weeks in 2005 / 2006. In June 2006 Joe Locke received the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Award for “Mallet Player of the Year”.

Joe is also recognized for his work in the U.S. and Japan with the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, the ensemble’s awarded the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Concert of the Year (2005) for their live performance at the Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Joe Locke presented by Cellar Jazz and Coastal Jazz & Blues.

more info and tickets at www.cellarjazz.com

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