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London & NYC, June/July 2008


In this edition...

The Latest:
"Sticks & Strings" at JazzBaltica 2008
Upcoming concerts in Europe and California
Joe Locke accepts position at Royal Academy, London
JJA "2008 Mallet Player of the Year" Award
Pro-Mark's new Joe Locke signature mallet "PJL2" to be released

On Disc:
"Force of Four" available exclusively on tour this summer

Upcoming concerts / gigs / appearances:
Summer 2008


The Latest


Joe Locke brings 'Sticks and Strings' to JazzBaltica
in a double bill with Ornette Coleman


After last year's celebrated performances as Artist in Residence, Joe will be returning to JazzBaltica in Northern Germany this summer, bringing his highly successful 'Sticks and Strings' Quartet, featuring Jay Anderson (bass), Joe La Barbera (drums) and Jonathan Kreisberg (guitar). The double bill concert with Ornette Coleman's group will be the closing event of this year's festival on July 6th, at the Große Konzertscheune in Salzau.

As a warm-up, you can watch another video from the band's brief whistle stop tour through Germany last November: "Terzani", recorded live at the A-Trane Jazz Club in Berlin, on November 05, 2007.

Watch the video here
Buy "Sticks and Strings"

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Upcoming concerts in Europe and California

Joe will be on tour through most of July with his new quartet,
'Force of Four', featuring Robert Rodriguez, Johnathan Blake and Ricky Rodriguez. They are going to perform in Great Britain and Italy before returning to the U.S. for a west coast run.

With "Force of Four" Joe is also presenting his latest album on the Origin label, which will be available exclusively at venues during this tour before its official release in September.


Check out the complete appearances listing here.


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Joe Locke accepts position at the Royal Academy of Music, London

At the invitation of Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Director of Studies), Joe has accepted the position of International Vibraphone Consultant at the RAM. His work at the Academy will be on a visiting basis to coincide with his tour schedule.

Last October, Neil Percy, head of the Percussion and Timpani department, brought Joe to the RAM for a series of workshops and masterclasses, which culminated in a concert of Joe's original music for percussion ensemble and soloists from the RAM jazz department.

"My week working with the percussion students at the RAM was memorable and inspiring. I'm delighted that the musical conversation which began that week will now continue into the future."

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JJA "2008 Mallet Player of the Year" Award

Joe Locke has received the 2008 "Mallet Player of the Year" Award from the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA). This is his second time to get the nod after winning in 2006. The ceremony took place on June 18 with a gala luncheon at the Jazz Standard in New York.

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Pro-Mark's new Joe Locke signature mallet "PJL2" to be released

After a lot of tweaking, the "PJL2" is now ready and will be available soon from Pro-Mark.
Watch this space for more details coming soon.

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On Disc


"Force of Four" available exclusively on tour this summer

Joe Locke "Force of Four"Joe's new recording, 'Force of Four' (Origin), featuring Robert Rodriguez (piano), Johnathan Blake (drums) and Ricardo Rodriguez (bass) will be commercially available from September 2008.

You will be able to pick up an advance copy at the band's concerts this July.

See tour listing for details

“This is one of the very best groups I’ve ever assembled. Whether the music is swinging hard, funky or delicate, these guys know how to squeeze the juice out of the material. Playing with this band is really rewarding.”

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Buy Joe Locke's music online

You can get a growing selection of Joe's music — CDs, mp3s and sheet music — in the online shop on shop.joelocke.com.
Sticks and Strings
Sticks and Strings
Live in Seattle
Live in Seattle
Rev.elation
Rev.elation

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Upcoming Concerts / Gigs / Appearances




SUMMER 2008


July 06
GERMANY — Salzau - JazzBaltica
Joe Locke "Sticks and Strings" (feat. Jay Anderson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Joe LaBarbera) w/ special guest Rosario Giuliani

July 07 - 09
UK — London - Ronnie Scott's
Joe Locke "Force of Four"
(w/ Robert Rodriguez, Johnathan Blake , Ricardo Rodriguez)

July 11 - 20
ITALY — Perugia - Umbria Jazz Festival
Joe Locke "Force of Four"
(w/ Robert Rodriguez, Johnathan Blake, Ricardo Rodriguez)

July 25
USA — Pala, CA - Pala Casino Spa Resort
Joe Locke "Force of Four"
(w/ Robert Rodriguez, Johnathan Blake, Ricardo Rodriguez)

July 26
USA — Stanford, CA - Stanford Jazz Workshop
w/ Geoffrey Keezer Group

July 27
USA — Half Moon Bay, CA - Bach, Dancing and Dynamite Society
Joe Locke "Force of Four"
(w/ Robert Rodriguez, Johnathan Blake , Ricardo Rodriguez)

July 30
USA — New York City, NY - 92nd Street Y
The Shearing Sound: A Tribute to George Shearing (hosted by Bill Charlap)

August 02
USA — Hackettstown, NJ - Centenary College
w/ Bill Mays Trio

August 07 - 09
USA — New York City, NY - Smoke
w/ Wayne Escoffery & Veneration

August 10
USA — New Haven, CT - New Haven Jazz Festival
w/ Wayne Escoffery & Veneration

August 12 - 17
USA — New York City, NY - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
w/ Trio Da Paz

August 19 - 23
USA — New York City, NY - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
w/ Trio Da Paz

August 25 - 27
ISRAEL — Eliat - Red Sea Jazz Festival
w/ Edmar Castaneda Group

August 29
USA — Tanglewood, MA - Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Seiji Ozawa Hall
special guest w/ Edmar Castaneda Trio

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Complete 2008 appearances listing





Best wishes!

Nadja von Massow
nadworks | joelocke.com

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