Joe Locke grew up in Rochester, New York, where he studied classical percussion and composition at the Eastman School of Music. Joe has been voted the #1 vibist in DownBeat Magazine's Critic's Poll. Over the years, Joe has played with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaria before he was even out of high school. Since moving to New York City in 1981, Joe has performed with Grover Washington, Jr. , Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Eddie Daniels, Jerry Gonzales' Fort Apache Band, Rod Stewart, The Beastie Boys, Eddie Henderson, Hiram Bullock, Bob Berg, Ron Carter, Jimmie Scott, Geoffrey Keezer, The Mingus Big Band and Randy Brecker, among many others. Joe has toured extensively throughout the world, both as leader and guest soloist, and in June 2006 received the ""Mallet Player of the Year"" Award presented by the Jazz Journalist Association.