Lionel Loueke Trio
Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Thanks to the generosity of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University my wife and I will be attending the Lionel Loueke Trio Concert on February 25th gratis. We were awarded two free tickets due to appreciation of the music blog post I wrote about the Charles Lloyd New Quartet concert at Wesleyan on January, 28, 2011. It was a special evening and I even got to meet Charles Lloyd after the concert!
I have had the privilege of meeting Lionel Loueke in person. He is a most humble and gracious person. He has a warm spiritual light about him. We spoke in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Washington. We were both waiting to speak to the concierge that morning. Lionel Loueke was on tour with Herbie Hancock (who we also saw when we were getting our rental car….).
We have seen Lionel Loueke perform twice with Herbie Hancock, once at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT in 2008. Then we caught him again with Herbie Hancock at Herbie Hancock’s 70th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall. Eager to see him with his trio and performing his music.
Here is a blurb from the Wesleyan Music concert page about Lionel Loueke.
“His music rolls along with a feel-good sense of joy…a new Afro-jazz star.”
Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Praised by mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke was featured on Hancock’s album River: The Joni Letters (2007), which won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Grammy Awards.