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Eddie Locke

Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, and so many others. He eventually formed a variety act with drummer Oliver Jackson called Bop & Locke which played the Apollo Theater. He moved to New York City in 1954, and worked there with Dick Wellstood, Tony Parenti, Red Allen, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Teddy Wilson amongst others. During this time he came under the tutelage of the great Jo Jones, and eventually became known as a driving and swinging drummer who kept solid time and supported the soloist

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures

Read "Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Everybody needs a helping hand now and then. Rudy Royston understands that. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused gigs to completely dry up for all musicians, and with that, their main income stream. Yet there are still mortgages, rents and bills to pay, and children to feed. It says something about the precarious finances of a jazz ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On

Read "A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This encore presentation from January 2009 celebrates Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Ms. Bach died on May 27th at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.It is probably the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time. Fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon

Read "Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was a focal point of the bebop and hard bop revolutions. Later in his career, he achieved the status of an American icon with his lead role in Bernard Tavernier's 1986 film, Round Midnight, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination. His “homecoming" in New York City, after living in Europe ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

The Eddie Locke Memorial

The Eddie Locke Memorial

Among the friends of Eddie Locke who took part in his memorial service in Manhattan on November 22 was bassist and author Bill Crow. Locke, a stalwart drummer based in New York for more than five decades, died last September at the age of 79. Bill prepared this report for Rifftides. At St. Peter's Church, ...


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