Drummer, pianist, composer, and educator Jack DeJohnette’s music career spans some 50 years backing and playing with the likes of Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Harris, Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, and Sonny Rollins. The Chicago, Illinois native began his career as a serious pianist as a teen but switched to the drums.
As a young man, Jack decided to move to New York City during the mid-1960’s and he became a main fixture as one of jazz music’s leading session musicians eventually becoming a leader in his own right. His first record as a leader was “The DeJohnette Complex,” recorded in 1968 on the Milestone label.
2011 marks a significant milestone in Jack’s career. One, he’s one of the inductees of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters for his achievements in jazz music as a musician, composer, and educator. Also, he’s just released his brand new CD “Sound Travels” under his Golden Beam Productions imprint distributed through eOne Music. The disc consists of special guests ranging from pianist/vocalist Bruce Hornsby, Esperanza Spauding, and Jason Moran. Most importantly, Jack will turn 70 this year celebrating and performing a series of special dates commemorating his birthday all over the world with his new band.
The Jack DeJohnette Band consists of bassist Jerome Harris, saxophonists Tim Ries and Rudresh Mahanthappa, pianist George Colligan, percussionist Luisito Quintero, and guitarist Dave Fiuczynski.
Jack was in New York City recently for a week to take part in his special festivities including a 70th birthday performance at The Blue Note Jazz Club.
To order Jack’s latest disc “Sound Travels,” or to find out his upcoming tour dates, please visit him online at jackdejohnette.com.