Joel Locher

We all secretly know the opinion that bassists are not bandleaders, bassists are accessories of a band, a soloist, bassists do not create works. That this is not the case is already shown by numerous releases on GLM Music – Sven Faller, D.D. Lowka are to be mentioned here.

Joel Locher comes from a musical family – his mother an opera singer, his father a bass player with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. So it is not surprising that the young Joel Locher first took the path to classical music, studied classical double bass at the Stuttgart University and also played with the Stuttgart Philharmonic. Already at the age of 16, the world of jazz opened up to him through musician friends. Early participation in jam sessions and first concerts laid the foundation for his further path as a jazz bassist.

Joel Locher was born in Stuttgart in 1982 and started taking piano and cello lessons at the age of 5. In 1994 he received his first double bass lessons from his father. He became interested in jazz at the age of ten. Various prizes at Jugend Musiziert followed. Already as a young student he began to study double bass with Prof. Ulrich Lau at the University of Music in Stuttgart. From 1998 to 2001 Joel Locher was principal double bass in the Stuttgart Youth Chamber Orchestra and in 2001 and 2002 he was a member of the Festival Orchestra of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart. In 2004-2005 he was an intern with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra.During all these years he became increasingly involved with jazz and performed in a wide variety of formations.

He toured with Wawau Adler Group,Gismo Graf Trio,Sandro Roj Quartet, Frank Kuruc Quartet, Bireli Lagrene,Alex Riel,Phillipp Catherine, Jim Rotondi,Roby Lakatos,Scott Hamilton,Martin Taylor, Charly Antolini, Manfred Josel, Patrick Manzecchi, Willy Ketzer, Joo Kraus, Ralf Schmid, Robin Nolan Jermaine Landsberger Trio, André Weiß Trio, Marian Petrescu, Giovanni Weiß, Ludovig Beier, Robert Giegling Quintet, Jonny Rosenberg, Mozes Rosenberg Trio, Stochelo Rosenberg Trio, Cyrille Aimée, Tony Lakatos, Obi Jenne, Max Greger Jr. , Bernd Reiter, Evan Christopher, Paulo Morello, Michael Keul, Frank Roberscheuten, Dusko Gojkovich, David Gazarov, Andre Ceccarelli, Zipflo Weinrich, Tony Lakatos, Peter Fessler, PUR, James Blunt, Marc Marshall, Pee Wee Ellis, Sebastien Giniaux, Gee Hye Lee, Ron Williams, Jörg Seidel, Rainer Böhm, Olivia Trummer Trio ,Andreas Öberg, Jerome Goldsmith, Adrian Mears, Ellen and Bernd Marquart, Holzmano Lagrene, Sebastian de Krom ( drummer of Jamie Cullum), Armin Heitz, Marcel Löffler, Lorenzo Petrocca, Thilo Wagner, Tania Maria, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Chihiro Yamanaka, Jörg Widmoser, Kuno Schmid, Jörg Reiter, Tim Kliphuis, Torsten Goods, Wesley G, Gregor Hübner, Andy Herman, Matthias Danneck, Guido May, Daniel Schnyder, Stephan Zimmermann, Martin Schrack, Emil Mangelsdorf, Olaf Polziehn, Diknu Schneeberger, Hajo Hoffmann, Torsten Krill, Michael Kersting, Titi Winterstein, Klaus Reichstaller and many more.

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