Jack DeJohnette
American musician
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette is an American jazz drummer, pianist, and composer. An important figure of the fusion era of jazz, DeJohnette is one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, due to extensive work as leader and sideman for musicians like Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins, and John Scofield.
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The Magic of Ralph Towner on "My Foolish Heart"
Huffington Post - 23 days
Ralph Towner My Foolish Heart ECM 2517 If ever there was a guitar player who captures the gorgeous nuance, the magic that a nylon string classical guitar can emote in the right hands it is Ralph Towner. His principal instrument was the piano, which he studied as classical conservatory student until he decided to take up guitar in his senior year of college at the University of Oregon. The Washington State born musician has certainly charted his own unique path since then. He became a member of saxophonist and world music pioneer Paul Winter's Consort in the late sixties. It is there he met fellow musicians Paul McCandless, Colin Walcott and Glen Moore. These four would leave Winter to form their own ground-breaking group Oregon, where they skillfully wove, folk music, Indian raga, jazz improvisational techniques and world music influences into a musical tapestry that would itself become the Holy Grail to scores of musicians that followed in their footsteps. Along the way, Tow ...
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Cuban Pianist David Virelles Highlights ECM Records at Winter Jazzfest
Huffington Post - about 2 months
By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 4, 2017 Each year as Winter Jazzfest expands, you can expect new twists in the mix. One of the most prominent this season is the one-night record imprint showcase of Germany-based ECM Records (Saturday, January 7), presenting nine vital artists who record for the label that is celebrating its 48th birthday this year--with the grand No. 50 just around the bend. The Jazzfest shows (listed below) will take place at The New School's Tishman Auditorium (63 Fifth Avenue). (Note: Last year's ECM showcase within the fest took place over two days.) What's remarkable about ECM is that in the midst of major labels crashing and burning their jazz divisions along with the rise of independent record labels taking a DIY approach, it's still standing tall, as recognized in jazz magazine polls and in this year's just announced NPR top jazz releases for 2016, as voted on by 137 international jazz journalists. In the top 10, three ECM reco ...
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Best of 2016: Jeff Parker, Jack DeJohnette and Mary Halvorson continue pressing jazz forward
LATimes - 2 months
After a fractious election year that saw misogyny and bigotry woven into the political discourse, some took comfort in the hope for art becoming energized in the years ahead with the fire of resistance.  Some of the most memorable albums of 2016, however, offered magnetic expressions of a musician’s personal...
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Review: Jack DeJohnette’s ‘In Movement’ and ‘Return’ Show Sweep
NYTimes - 10 months
Command and influences are heard in Mr. DeJohnette’s drumming and piano work on a solo effort and as part of an exploratory trio.
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Jack DeJohnette: A Drummer Who Stays 'In Movement' By Keeping Good Company
NPR - 10 months
DeJohnette has been playing jazz long enough to have jammed with two generations of Coltranes. He speaks with Robert Siegel about staying fresh after 50 years behind the kit.
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Review of Jack DeJohnette's 'Made in Chicago'
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette goes back to his roots by convening a band featuring all-star musicians from his early days in Chicago.
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Review of Jack DeJohnette's 'Made in Chicago'
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette goes back to his roots by convening a band featuring all-star musicians from his early days in Chicago.
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Conversations with William Shatner, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Pink Martini and TuneCore, Plus Albert Hammond Jr. and Sandra Lilia Velasquez Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with William Shatner Mike Ragogna: William Shatner! May I call you Bill? William Shatner: Yeah, can I call you Mikey? MR: Uh... Bill! How are you doing, man? WS: I'm really good, thank you. Yourself? MR: Very well, thanks. So William Shatner's no stranger to making albums, but this album seems to be a very prog-rocky, introspective album. So, this was the musical backdrop that was able to bring out the introspection you needed within your lyrics. WS: Exactly, it's an extraordinary marriage between a music prodigy, Billy Sherwood and myself, who has been struggling to write something usable all my life. MR: What began the process? WS: The label, Cleopatra, for whom I did a previous album called Seeking Major Tom, asked me to do another album and I'm in love with making music like my puppies are in love with pillows, which they tear up. I just tear things up musically and wonder what I've done. I jumped at the chance to make another album and when he asked me what ...
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Review: Jack DeJohnette sets new tempo for relocated jazz fest
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Move to Millennium Park augurs well for 35th annual event The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival opened boldly on Thursday, raising the curtain on its new home, Millennium Park, and featuring some of the most visionary jazz artists this city has produced.     
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Mike Ragogna: Überjam Deux: A Conversation With John Scofield, Plus Video Exclusives by Willie Nile and Rusty Truck
Huffington Post - over 3 years
photo courtesy Willie Nile WILLIE NILE'S "ONE GUITAR" Willie Nile's new "One Guitar" debuts here with some explanation by the artist... "'One Guitar' is a song about what one guitar and one voice can do to help make things better in this world. Even if it's just a small step forward it's worth it. I believe that music has the power to make change happen. Woody Guthrie was a perfect example of this. He took one guitar and one voice and helped inspire a generation of musicians and songwriters to help try to change things for the better. Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of those who've followed in his footsteps. The Beatles helped change society with their music. "Live Aid, Farm Aid, Hurricane Relief, Light Of Day Parkinson's Research Benefits and a boatload of other events undertaken to help those less fortunate, all by way of music, are beautiful examples of how music can make a difference. "This video of 'One Guitar,' taken at the ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Gig preview: Jack DeJohnette, Wednesday @ Howard Assembly Room
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
EVEN by his own high standards, 2012 has been a good year for Jack DeJohnette.
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Jazz Scene: Jack DeJohnette comes home
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Drummer Jack DeJohnette is having a very good year.
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2012-2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series
Buffalo Rising - over 4 years
Are you a fan of jazz? I mean are you a really big fan of jazz? If so, then hopefully you're familiar with the Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series. For fourteen years the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been hosting the series, and during that time an unexpected occurrence took place - the auditorium venue became know "as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America". Now that's something to brag about. "We present the best jazz artists in the world," says series Producer Bruce Eaton. "Musicians who are constantly touring the globe. They tell us that the combination of the setting of the venue, the art collection, the acoustics and intimacy of the auditorium, and our attentive and enthusiastic audiences add up to a creative environment that's rare in North America. The word has spread and we now have reknowned artists who could play anywhere telling their representatives that they want to be part of the Art of Jazz Series. When they arrive in Buffalo, they're eager ...
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Highlights: The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival In Photos
NPR - over 4 years
View a gallery featuring Jack DeJohnette, Jenny Scheinman, Kurt Elling and Bill Frisell. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Jack DeJohnette All-Stars, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012
NPR - over 4 years
Nearing 70, the master drummer is as dynamic as ever. For his second gig at Newport, he opens his Rolodex to welcome leading lights like guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Christian McBride, and even duets on piano with Jason Moran. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz Third Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Roy Haynes photo by Fran Kaufman © 2012 Notes on Jazz Third Annual Living Legends of Jazz 2012 Once again it is time for my annual Notes on Jazz listing of the Living Legend of Jazz .This is the third annual compilation, and with each year we gain some new members and sadly lose some old friends. The list is a celebration of those who have, for so long, graced us with their talents, their creativity and their love of the music. Last year, we saw the passing of some truly venerable legends. Musicians, performers, innovators, teachers and mentors who made an indelible mark on society at large and on the music in particular. Some were famous, some infamous and all will be missed. This fraternity of Jazz Legends lost two drummers. A onetime member of both the Ellington and Basie band's drummer Butch Ballard passed at the age of 92. The eclectic rhythm machine, Paul Motian, who together with bassist Scott LaFaro and pianist Bill Evans formed what was perhaps the mo ...
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Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery
NPR - over 4 years
The great jazz drummer is celebrating his eighth decade all year by touring the world and releasing a new album. Here are five songs, from 1966 to the present day, which showcase DeJohnette at the top of his powers. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack DeJohnette
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 69
    In 2012, DeJohnette released Sound Travels, which featured appearances by McFerrin, Quintero, Bruce Hornsby, Esperanza Spalding, Lionel Loueke, and Jason Moran.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he was awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for his "significant lifetime contributions have helped to enrich jazz and further the growth of the art form." In 2016, Dejohnette collaborated with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison on the ECM CDIn Movement. Dejohnette also appears on the 2016 album by Paul Simon called "Stranger to Stranger" DeJohnette's style incorporates elements of jazz, free jazz, world music, and R&B, contributing to him being one of the most highly regarded and in-demand drummers. His drumming style has been called unique; one critic writes that he is not merely a drummer but a "percussionist, colourist and epigrammatic commentator mediating the shifting ensemble densities" and that "his drumming is always part of the music's internal construction." Modern Drummer magazine, in a 2004 interview, called DeJohnette's drumming "beyond technique." DeJohnette calls himself an "abstract thinker" when it comes to soloing, saying that he puts "more weight on the abstract than, 'What were you thinking in bar 33?' I don't like to think that way. I can do it, but I like to be more in the flow." In terms of what he feels when he plays, DeJohnette said that when he plays, he goes "into an altered state, a different headspace. I plug into my higher self, into the cosmic library of ideas." He has remarked that he has to play with a lot of restraint when playing in Keith Jarrett's trio, in order "to play with the subtlety that the music requires."
  • 2010
    Age 67
    In 2010 he founded the Jack DeJohnette Group, featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, David Fiuczynski on double-neck guitar, George Colligan on keyboards and piano, and long-time associate Jerome Harris on electric and acoustic bass guitars.
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  • 2008
    Age 65
    In 2008 he toured with Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, and the Jarrett trio, and the next year won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album with Peace Time.
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  • 2005
    Age 62
    He also founded his own label, Golden Beams Productions, in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he released Music in the Key of OM on his new label, an electronic album which he created for relaxing and meditative purposes on which he played synthesizer and resonating bells, and which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age Album category. He continued to make albums as a leader and sideman throughout this period as well, one of which was The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers, a collaboration that documents the first meeting of DeJohnette and guitarist Bill Frisell in 2001 and led to another tour, with Frisell and Jerome Harris. The next year Trio Beyond released Saudades, a live recording of a concert commemorating Tony Williams in London in 2004.
  • 2004
    Age 61
    In 2004 he was nominated for a Grammy award for his work on Keith Jarrett’s live album The Out-of-Towners, and continued to work with that group into 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In the next few years DeJohnette would begin and lead three new projects, the first of which was the Latin Project consisting of percussionists Giovanni Hidalgo and Luisito Quintero, reedman Don Byron, pianist Edsel Gomez, and bassist Jerome Harris. The other two new projects were the Jack DeJohnette Quartet, featuring Harris again alongside Danilo Perez and John Patitucci, and the Trio Beyond, a tribute to DeJohnette’s friend Tony Williams and his trio Lifetime (consisting of Williams, Larry Young and John McLaughlin), featuring John Scofield and Larry Goldings.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 51
    He had also, during the 1980s, resumed playing piano, which led to his 1994 tour as an unaccompanied pianist.
    More Details Hide Details He also began working again with Abercrombie and Holland, reviving the Gateway trio.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 49
    In 1992 he released a major collaborative record, Music for the Fifth World, which was inspired by studies with a Native American elder and brought him together musically with players like Vernon Reid and John Scofield.
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  • 1990
    Age 47
    In 1990 he toured in a quartet consisting of himself, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and his long-time collaborator Holland, and released the Parallel Realities CD with this group the same year.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 38
    In 1981 he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio.
    More Details Hide Details DeJohnette continued to work with Special Edition into the 1990s, but did not limit himself to that.
  • 1976
    Age 33
    His next group effort was Directions, a group formed in 1976 featuring saxophonist Alex Foster, bassist Mike Richmond, and Abercrombie, showing the links between the members of the Gateway trio.
    More Details Hide Details This was another short-lived group, yet it led directly to the formation of DeJohnette's next group, New Directions, which featured Abercrombie again on guitar along with Lester Bowie on trumpet and Eddie Gómez on bass. This group coexisted with another DeJohnette group, Special Edition, which was the first DeJohnette-led group to receive critical acclaim. This group also helped the careers of many lesser-known young horn players, as it had a rotating front line that included David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, and John Purcell, among many others. During this period, especially with Special Edition, DeJohnette offered "the necessary gravity to keep the horns in a tight orbit" in his compositions while also treating his listeners to "the expanded vocabulary of the avant-garde plus the discipline of traditional jazz compositions." DeJohnette's work with Special Edition has been interrupted regularly by other projects, the most significant of which are his recordings in 1983 and tours from 1985 as a member of Keith Jarrett's trio, which was totally devoted to playing jazz standards. The trio included his long-time compatriot Jarrett and bassist Gary Peacock, and all three have been members of the group for over 25 years.
  • 1973
    Age 30
    During this period, DeJohnette continued his career as a sideman as well, rejoining Stan Getz's quartet from 1973 to October 1974, and also enticing Dave Holland to join Getz's rhythm section.
    More Details Hide Details This stint briefly preceded the formation of the Gateway Trio, a group that DeJohnette helped form but did not lead. This group came directly out of the DeJohnette's time with Getz, as Holland joined him in this group along with guitarist John Abercrombie, both of whom would become associated with DeJohnette throughout his career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 29
    The musical freedom he had while recording for ECM offered DeJohnette many dates as a sideman and opportunities to start his own groups. He first formed the group Compost in 1972, but this was a short-lived endeavor, and DeJohnette cited the music as far too experimental to achieve commercial success.
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  • 1968
    Age 25
    DeJohnette's first record, The DeJohnette Complex, was released in 1968; on the album, he played melodica as well as drums, preferring often to let his mentor, Roy Haynes, sit behind the set.
    More Details Hide Details He also recorded, in the early 1970s, the albums Have You Heard, Sorcery, and Cosmic Chicken. He released these first four albums on either the Milestone or Prestige labels, and then switched to ECM for his next endeavors; ECM gave him a "fertile platform" for his "atmospheric drumming and challenging compositions."
    Davis had seen DeJohnette play many times, one of which was during a stint with Evans at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London in 1968, where he also first heard bassist Dave Holland.
    More Details Hide Details Davis recognized DeJohnette’s ability to combine the driving grooves associated with rock and roll with improvisational aspects associated with jazz. DeJohnette is heard on the compilation album Directions, and was the primary drummer on the landmark album Bitches Brew. DeJohnette and the other musicians saw the Bitches Brew sessions as unstructured and fragmentary, but also innovative: "As the music was being played, as it was developing, Miles would get new ideas He’d do a take, and stop, and then get an idea from what had just gone on before, and elaborate on it The recording of Bitches Brew was a stream of creative musical energy. One thing was flowing into the next, and we were stopping and starting all the time." While he was not the only drummer involved in the project, as Davis had also enlisted Billy Cobham, Don Alias, and Lenny White, DeJohnette was considered the leader of the rhythm section within the group. He played on the live albums that would follow the release of Bitches Brew, taken from concerts at the Fillmore East in New York and Fillmore West in San Francisco. These ventures were undertaken at the behest of Clive Davis, then president of Columbia Records.
    In November 1968 he worked briefly with Stan Getz and his quartet, which led to his first recordings with Miles Davis.
    More Details Hide Details In 1969, DeJohnette left the Evans trio and replaced Tony Williams in Miles Davis's live band.
    DeJohnette joined Evan's trio in 1968, the same year the group headlined the Montreux Jazz Festival and produced the album Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
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    However, DeJohnette left the group in early 1968, citing Lloyd's deteriorating, "flat" playing as his main reason for leaving.
    More Details Hide Details While Lloyd's band was where he received international recognition for the first time, it was not the only group DeJohnette played with during his early years in New York, as he also worked with groups including Jackie McLean, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, and Bill Evans.
  • 1966
    Age 23
    In 1966 DeJohnette moved to New York City, where he became a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet.
    More Details Hide Details A band that recognized the potential influence of rock and roll on jazz, Lloyd's group was where DeJohnette first encountered pianist Keith Jarrett, who would work extensively with him throughout his career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on August 9, 1942.
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