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Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack De Johnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in De Johnette's family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band.and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago conservatory of music. De Johnette credits his uncle, Roy l. Wood Sr., who was one of the most popular jazz DJ's in the South side of Chicago, later vice president of the National Network of Black Broadcasters, as the person who initially inspired him to pursue music. In his early years on the Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer


Drums of Compassion

Label: 7D Media
Released: 2024
Track listing: The Call of Michael Olatunji; On the Path to the Healing Waters; As Above, So Below; The Euphoric Pandiero of Airto Moriera; The Fierce Energy of Love; Oracle; The Breath of Human Kindness; Zakir Hussain; Hejira


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sun Ra, Rachel Z, and Mark Masters

Read "Sun Ra, Rachel Z, and Mark Masters" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features newly-discoverd live Sun Ra, Duke Ellington tributes from Linda Tate and Mark Masters, and new music from Rachel Z and Nicola Caminiti. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Linda Tate “Caravan" from ...

Article: Album Review

Benjamin Koppel: White Buses: Passage To Freedom

Read "White Buses: Passage To Freedom" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il sassofonista e compositore Benjamin Koppel è uno dei massimi jazzmen danesi: in trent'anni di carriera ha inciso più di sessanta dischi con i massimi nomi del jazz contemporaneo e il suo nome spicca per il trio con Scott Colley e Brian Blade e per il quartetto con Colley, Kenny Werner e Jack DeJohnette (The Art ...


Article: Live Review

Noah Haidu Trio with Buster Williams & Lenny White at Jazz Alley

Read "Noah Haidu Trio with Buster Williams & Lenny White at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Noah Haidu Trio with Buster Williams & Lenny White Jazz Alley Seattle, Washington May 21, 2024 Pianist Noah Haidu is in jazz terms, a “new voice," even though he has been releasing notable recordings as a leader for well over a decade now. While his recordings have featured his modern, original ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra: At The Showcase (Live In Chicago, 1976-1977)

Read "At The Showcase (Live In Chicago, 1976-1977)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It is an unchallenged law of nature that wherever or whoever anyone happens to be when they encounter Sun Ra, they are certain to be somewhere and someone else after the meeting. That holds especially true of Sun Ra at the Showcase: Live in Chicago. Captured during two barn-burning performances at the Windy City's ...


Article: Live Review

George Colligan Quartet At Magy's Farm

Read "George Colligan Quartet At Magy's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

George Colligan Quartet Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland May 8, 2024 Ordinarily the words George Colligan and Dromara would not belong in the same sentence. Colligan is one of the world's great modern jazz pianists. Dromara is a small village and sparsely populated townland in the County Down hills that ...


News: Music Industry

2024 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees Announced – 29th Annual Celebrating 48 Categories Of Excellence In Music And Music Media

The Jazz Journalists Association, the international organization of writers, photographers, broadcasters and other media professionals covering jazz, has posted finalist nominees for its 2024 JJA Jazz Awards, the 29th annual celebration of excellence in music and music journalism. Active members of the JJA are currently voting for winners of Awards in 48 categories for recordings and ...


Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith - Amina Claudine Myers: Central Park's Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens

Read "Central Park's Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Sacred music for what many consider a very sacred place, Central Park's Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths, and Gardens unites two natural forces- -the trumpeted truth of Wadada Leo Smith and the open air church of pianist & organist Amina Claudine Myers--for their first collaboration since their early years as active members of the Association for ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra: At The Showcase (Live In Chicago, 1976-1977)

Read "At The Showcase (Live In Chicago, 1976-1977)" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Describing the music of Sun Ra is always challenging--perhaps even more so when it is documented on a live recording. A case in point is this offering from the Jazz Detective label, a substantial slice of Ra taken from two concerts at Chicago's Jazz Showcase in the mid-'70s. It can be dense and opaque, even impenetrable ...


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