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Jack DeJohnette: Painting With Sticks

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]The name Jack DeJohnette is synonymous with modern jazz drumming. Many know him for his years spent with the Keith Jarrett Trio, but he first came to prominence with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis in the '60s. He's always in demand as a sideman-- although you wouldn't call Jack DeJohnette to merely be a sideman--his musical contribution to any project is such that he is always ...


Chicago Jazz Festival 2013

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Chicago Jazz FestivalChicago, ILAugust 29-September 1, 2013Chicago is...You get the feeling it is a jazz city when, waiting in line at the airport, you overhear a conversation about Anthony Braxton's first meeting with Derek Bailey. Then, your suspicions are confirmed in the taxi, on the drive to the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival when the cabbie engages you in a discussion of the major works of Eddie Harris and Gene Ammons. From Louis Armstrong's travels up ...


Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: Somewhere

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It's been four years since a recorded peep has been heard from pianist Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio, despite continuing to perform a few select dates each year. But even its last few ECM releases--2009's Yesterdays, 2007's My Foolish Heart and 2004's The Out-of-Towners--were all culled from a clearly fruitful 2001, making it well over a decade since a new recorded note has been heard from Jarrett's longest-lasting group. Fine albums all, the dearth of anything since that time has nevertheless ...


Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition

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With drummer/keyboardist Jack DeJohnette entering his eighth decade on planet earth, he's managed to accomplish what few other drummers have. Recipient of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award, there are few jazz drummer s alive today who can cite as many recordings as the Chicago-born DeJohnette can, nor are there many who have been on such a diverse stylistic cross-section. DeJohnette, now a legend himself, was picked up by a large number of then-high profile musicians in the early days ...


Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Party: San Francisco, CA, September 5, 2012

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Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and Stanley ClarkeYoshi's Jazz ClubSan Francisco, CASeptember 5, 2012It was a sold out house of 365 people on the opening night for drummer Jack DeJohnette's 70th birthday celebration concert at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco, California. DeJohnette brought two friends--pianist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke--to add to the festivities. Shortly before they made their appearance, Clarke's bass was brought out onstage. People hushed and nearby someone said, “It's starting." ...


Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

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Drummer/pianist/composer/bandleader Jack DeJohnette turns seventy this year, and his longevity on the scene is only eclipsed by the astonishing variety of settings in which he's worked. Since emerging from his hometown Chicago, the ubiquitous drummer has played with important artists including saxophonist Charles Lloyd, trumpeter Miles Davis and pianists Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett (with whom he still works today). And then there are his wonderfully eclectic Special Edition groups--always on the cutting edge. Although anyone could hear his crisp ...


Jack DeJohnette and Foday Musa Suso: Music from the Hearts of the Masters

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For drummer Jack DeJohnette's second project on his fledgling Golden Beams Productions record label, he moves from the Asian subcontinent south to Africa for a series of duets with master Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso. While Music from the Hearts of the Masters is, in its own way, as hypnotic as DeJohnette's first release on his label, the meditative Music in the Key of OM, it's also more actively engaging and extroverted. At first glance the ...


Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

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With 2012 barely underway, it looks like it's going to be a year to remember for drum legend Jack DeJohnette. The renowned rhythmic force behind classic recordings from Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett--and numerous notable projects of his own--will receive some well-deserved recognition when he's inducted into the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Master Fellowship in January. Crossing the globe to bring his music to admirers around the world, 2012 also marks his 70th birthday. Putting him at ...


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