DL Media announces performance dates for vibraphonist Joe Locke's "Force of Four" at Kitano New York on March 26 and 27. Locke's "Force of Four" features an all-star group of musicians comprised of Robert Rodriguez on piano, Ricardo Rodriguez on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums. The group will perform in support of their recent 2008 self-titled release on Origin Records.
This performance marks the first New York appearance for Locke as a leader since the January CD launch week at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, in support of his the most recent project, For The Love Of You (released on E1 Music, January 26), debuting the Joe Locke Group.
At Kitano, Locke will lead "Force of Four," melding four distinct musical personalities into a fresh sounding ensemble. The influences of New York, Cuba, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico, as well as the many places traveled by the four players/composers, come together in this group.
"This is one of the very best groups I've ever assembled", says Locke. "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."
The critical community continually cites Locke for his artistic work. He has been given the "Mallet Player of the Year" Award by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) on three occasions and has been voted the #1 "Rising Star" vibraphonist in DownBeat Magazine's Critic's Poll several times. Throughout his career, Locke has shared the stage luminaries ranging from Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaria to Rod Stewart and The Beastie Boys, among dozens of others.
8 PM & 10 PM
Kitano New York
66 Park Avenue (@ East 38th Street)
New York, New York 10016
Phone: (212) 885-7119
Please visit http://www.joelocke.com.
For more information, please contact:
Jordy Freed at DL MEDIA
(p) 610.667.0501 (e) firstname.lastname@example.org