Lionel Loueke

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A brilliant and highly original guitarist from the West African country of Benin, Lionel Loueke has already gained fame during a relatively brief period of time. An older brother played guitar professionally but Loueke was already 17 before he started. While interested in Afro-pop music, he discovered jazz through a George Benson record and was soon exploring Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. Loueke attended the National Institute of Art in the Ivory Coast, worked regularly in local clubs, and in 1994 moved to Paris to study jazz at the American School of Modern Music. After graduating, he was awarded a scholarship at Berklee and moved to the United States. At Berklee Loueke formed a trio with fellow students bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth both of whom are in his longtime trio.

After Berklee, Loueke attended the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he greatly impressed Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. He gained important experience playing, touring and recording with Blanchard’s sextet and he has recently been touring with Herbie Hancock’s quartet, participating in Hancock’s award-winning recording River: The Joni Letters. Loueke has recorded several well-received albums as a leader, including Karibu (Blue Note) that has Hancock and Wayne Shorter as guest artists. He has also recorded with Charlie Haden, Francisco Mela and Avishai Cohen. A subtle improviser with a creative style who mixes aspects of his West African folk heritage with jazz, Loueke is also a fluent and appealing singer.

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11/10/12    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Heritage
Lionel Loueke

05/15/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Lionel Loueke Album, 'Heritage,' Due in August

03/15/12    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Herbie Hancock at the Kennedy Center

03/07/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lionel Loueke’s ‘Virgin Forest: The Complete Sessions’ Due March 13

11/22/11    Community Articles    By Atael Weissman

Lionel Loueke Trio

09/17/11    Artist's Choice    By Julian Lage

Artist's Choice: Julian Lage on Modern Jazz Guitar

06/30/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lovano, Akinmusire, Parlato and Others coming to Carnegie Hall

May 2010    Features    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lionel Loueke & Angelique Kidjo: Global Villagers

03/10/10    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

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03/10/10    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

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01/20/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Philadelphia-based TV Show to Feature Darcy James Argue

01/08/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Conference of Performing Arts Presenters to Include Expanded Jazz Track

11/25/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Berlin Jazz Festival

02/21/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

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January/February 2009    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Back to the Future: 2008 in Gigs

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

January/February 2009    Features    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Highs & Lows

10/03/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Lionel Loueke & Richard Bona in New York

07/03/08    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Herbie Hancock at JVC - New York

06/27/08    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival

May 2008    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Lionel Loueke: African American

April 2008    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Karibu
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May 2007    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Virgin Forest
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09/19/06    Concerts    By Scott Yanow

Monterey Jazz Festival 2006

May 2006    Artist Profiles    By John Murph

ObliqSound: Without Boundaries

April 2006    Artist Profiles    By Bill Milkowski

Lionel Louke: Acoustic Trance

January/February 2006    Albums    By John Seroff

Gilfema
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January/February 2006    Albums    By John Seroff

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Gilfema

Obliqsound Inc

In a Trance

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Karibu

Blue Note Records
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Virgin Forest

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Mwaliko

Blue Note Records
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