Fayetteville, AR 72701
Vibraphonist Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the lead voices on his instrument, having won numerous awards and polls, including three “Mallet Player of the Year” awards from the Jazz Journalists Association. The San Francisco Bay Guardian says of Locke,“Not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz – but [Locke] has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice.” Locke’s quartet is a well oiled jazz machine with a telepathic sense of how four can become one. Now stir in Kenny Washington, the ideal vocalist for Locke's band. He's not the usual singer out in front; he's a member of the band who even takes solos on instrumentals with his powerful scat singing ability. If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny's free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring.
The Joe Locke Group
feat. vocalist Kenny Washington and Ernesto Simpson (drums), Darryl Hall (bass), Danny Grissett (piano)
Live at Bratislava Jazz Days 2014