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