Didier Lockwood (born February 11, 1956 in Calais ; † February 18, 2018 in Paris ) was a French jazz violinist and composer . Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty symbolically acknowledged his skills as early as 1979 when they presented him with the violin that Michel Warlop had passed on to Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty in turn - a kind of Iffland ring for jazz violinists .
Lockwood came from a musical family; his brother Francis is a pianist. His father, violin professor at the Conservatory of Calais, taught him his passion for the violin at an early age . After an initial classical violin training at the Conservatory in Calais, then from the age of sixteen at the École Normale de Musique de Paris , he discovered free improvisation for himself and at the age of 17 joined the rock group Magma , to which he belonged until 1978. Then he played with Christian Vander , Benoît Widemann and Jannick Top in the band Fusion .
He was discovered by Stéphane Grappelli at the age of 21 and increasingly oriented himself towards jazz. He became known to a wider audience through concerts at the Jazz Festival Montreux (1975 and 1978), in Castellet (1976), in Antibes and at the Donaueschinger Musiktage (1978), performances with his own rock group Surya and with jazz musicians such as Grappelli The international breakthrough at the end of the 1970s. For the rhythm section of his debut album in 1979 he was able to sign a star squad. In the same year he gave a memorial concert with Wolfgang Dauner for Zbigniew Seifert , whose playing strongly influenced him. In the 1980s he made guest appearances at important festivals around the world, including 1980 Jazz Yatra Bombay and the Newport Jazz Festival . He recorded a trio album with Philip Catherine and Christian Escoudé in 1983 and a duo album with Martial Solal in 1993. In 1985 he went to New York City for a few years, a second time in 1994. He also performed with the Canadian band Uzeb . He later recorded with Dave Holland , Peter Erskine , Dave Liebman , David Kikoski , Joey DeFrancesco and Steve Gadd .
Lockwood also played with well-known jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck , Billy Cobham , Stéphane Grappelli, Miles Davis , Michel Petrucciani , Herbie Hancock , Mike Stern and others. In 2003 he released the double album Globe-Trotter , on which he showed his stylistic versatility. Then Lockwood, who was married to the lyric soprano Caroline Casadesus and since 2015 to the coloratura singer Patricia Petibon , also turned to classical music.
Lockwood has released 35 albums and given nearly 4,500 concerts. In recent years he has been increasingly active as a composer : a violin concerto Les Mouettes , a jazz opera Journal d'un Usager de l'Espace II , a piano concerto , another violin concerto for Maxim Wengerow and the opera Libertad .
He died of a heart attack .
Awards and prizes (selection)
- Prix SACEM
- Victoires de la Musique
- Blue Note Award
- Diapason d'or
- Knight of the French Legion of Honor (2003)
- 1978: Surya (D. Lockwood, Francis Lockwood, Jean Claude Agostini, Jean-My Truong , Luc Plouton, Sylvain Marc)
- 1979: New World (with Gordon Beck , Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen , Tony Williams )
- 1980: Live in Montreux (D. Lockwood, Bob Malach , Jan Hammer , Bo Stief , Gerry Brown , Marc Perru)
- 1981: The String Summit - One World In Eight ( Krzesimir Dębski , John Blake , Barre Phillips , Christian Escoudé , Bo Stief, Wolfgang Dauner , Ack van Rooyen , Abdul Wadud , Harry Pepl , Pierre Favre , Fredy Studer ): MPS Records - 0068.275
- 1983: Trio ( Philip Catherine , Christian Escoudé , D. Lockwood), JMS
- 1985: Out Of The Blues , first album on CD (D. Lockwood, Gordon Beck, Cecil McBee , Billy Hart )
- 1985: John Blake / Didier Lockwood / Michael Urbaniak - Rhythm & BLU (John Blake, D. Lockwood, Michał Urbaniak , Marcus Miller , Bernard Wright , Lenny White : Gramavision - 18-8608-1)
- 1993: Didier Lockwood Group (D. Lockwood, J.-M. Ecay, L. Verneray, L. Pontieux)
- 1995: New York Rendez-Vous (D. Lockwood, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Mike Stern)
- 1996: Storyboard (D. Lockwood, J. DeFrancesco, J. Genius, S. Gadd)
- 1999: Best of Didier Lockwood , (compilation with D. Holland, J.-M. Ecay, A. Ceccarelli, C. Mc Bee, T. Kennedy , M. Stern, P. Erskine, D. Liebman, Uzeb)
- 2001: Omkara
- 2003: Globe-Trotter (double album, with André Charlier , Benoît Sourisse , Stéphane Guillaume , second CD without accompanist)
- Wolf Kampmann (Ed.), With the assistance of Ekkehard Jost : Reclams Jazzlexikon . Reclam, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-15-010528-5 .
- Martin Kunzler : Jazz Lexicon. Volume 1: A – L (= rororo-Sachbuch. Vol. 16512). 2nd Edition. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-499-16512-0 ; also published as a special volume of the digital library, Directmedia Publishing , Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-89853-018-3 .
- Didier Lockwood at Allmusic (English)
- Didier Lockwood at Discogs (English)
- Discography (until 1996)
- official homepage
- French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62. In: The Citizen . February 18, 2018, accessed February 19, 2018 .
- Musical globetrotter (obituary, jazzecho.de)
- Jazz violinist Didier Lockwood is dead: "He was Monsieur 100,000 volts". In: Spiegel Online . February 19, 2018, accessed June 9, 2018 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French jazz violinist and composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 11, 1956|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Calais|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 18, 2018|
|Place of death||Paris|