Lionel Loueke

Lionel Loueke (Benin, 1973) is a Beninese jazz guitarist and composer.

Born in Benin, Lionel studied music first in Paris then in the United States, in Boston, at Berklee College of Music and at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles.

It was during his studies at the Monk Institute that he was noticed by Terence Blanchard who, after graduation, took him into his sextet.

Loueke also participates in Blanchard’s first two albums as a composer.
He is currently a member of the Herbie Hancock touring band.

Lionel Loueke has played and recorded with artists such as Kenwood Dennard, George Garzone, Bob Hurst, Alphonso Johnson, Angélique Kidjo, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Charlie Haden, Richard Bona, Nathan East, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marcus Miller, Sting, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Santana, Dennis Chambers and Gretchen Parlato.