Sketching with the Jack DeJohnette Trio

One of the central conflicts of jazz is the continual push and pull between the collective and the individual. Whether it is the dichotomy of the improviser and the group or the arranging and stylistic choices that emphasis melodic drive versus harmonic expansion, jazz has always had a bit of an identity challenge. That challenge was brought forcefully and artfully to the stage of the Hamilton Live on Saturday, June 13th, by the Jack DeJohnette Trio. Led by veteran fusion player and legendary jazz man Jack DeJohnette, the trio is something of an exceptional super group in jazz; while many of jazz’s legends have often played with each other, there is rarely such immense talent, purely gathered, in one place. Joining Mr. DeJohnette on electric bass was Matthew Garrison, son of Coltrane quartet bassist Jimmy, and Ravi, son of John, Coltrane providing the woodwinds. This is a dream team of modern jazz if there ever is one. Continue readin on

Made in Chicago Performs In Europe

We are pleased to share these new dates from the Made in Chicago Tour. Jack DeJohnette will be accompaigned by Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray & Roscoe Mitchell for select performances in Gent Jazz Festival (Belgium) on July 10th, the famous North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands) on Saturday 11th, and on the 15th the band will be on the Moldejazz Festival in Norway and finally on July 17th at the Veszprem Festival in Hungary. Click here and check out all details.

Meet the Artist Series: Jack DeJohnette

Meet The Artist series is designed to give DC Jazz Festival audiences up close & personal opportunities to hear from and interact with artists off the bandstand.  Such programs, part of DCJF’s humanities component, are a vital effort in our goal of increasing the audience for jazz and further demystifying the music for audience participants.  The Jack DeJohnette Trio with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison perform June 13th at the Abramson Family Auditorium- NYU Washington, DC. The interview will be conducted by jazz historian W. A. Brower.

Jack DeJohnette Just Put Out The Best Jazz Record Of 2015

Jack DeJohnette is of both Chicago and the AACM. In the early ’60s, he was a South Side pianist studying at Wilson Junior College while augmenting theory with downtown “breakfast jams.” Switching to drums in 1963, he moved to NYC and hooked up with Charles Lloyd, whose 1966 live album Forest Flower sold a million copies. When Lloyd crashed the Fillmore West in ’67, DeJohnette was at the center of an as-yet-unnamed fusion scene, eventually signing on with newly electric Miles Davis to replace Tony Williams (and bringing along fellow Lloyd alumnus Keith Jarrett, thus preserving for posterity Jarrett’s brief shred-tastic mastery of the Fender Rhodes). DeJohnette was the funkiest drummer Miles ever employed: For proof, proceed directly to five stabs at “Go Ahead John” from the 1970 Jack Johnson sessions. Continue reading on

International Jazz Day ’15

Jazz is a musical art form embraced all over the world. For more than a century, jazz has helped soothe and uplift the souls of millions of people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is a means to highlight and leverage the unifying attributes of this music through celebratory events and programs worldwide on April 30 of each year.  A pre celebration of the International Jazz Day, April 10th at 10:00PM EST where PBS will broadcast a one-hour television special in the US featuring the first annual International Jazz Day All-Star Concert!

50 Years On, Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians Influences Jazz

Muhal Richard Abrams, the restlessly inventive pianist and composer, is a next-step thinker, not the type to rhapsodize about the past. But he has lately found cause to reflect on a time, 50 years ago on the South Side of Chicago, when he began to mobilize his peers in pursuit of originality and self-determination, ending up with a collective called the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Continue reading on The New York

Made in Chicago: Brief review of select release

Jack DeJohnette, “Made in Chicago” (ECM). A disc few of us ever thought we’d hear in the 21st century. More than a half century ago, Jack DeJohnette, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill were classmates at Wilson Junior College in Chicago. They’d jam back then and prepare for the astonishing careers to come – DeJohnette first with Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band and Mitchell and Threadgill to follow with Abrams. All were involved when Abrams first created the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1965, one of the most important seedbeds for the avant-garde in jazz history. Continue reading on Buffalo

Newport Jazz Festival 2015

Newport Jazz Festival has just announce Jack DeJohnette’s performance. He will be presenting his latest album Made in Chicago, Saturday August 1st. More information here.

Made In Chicago album release celebration

Join Made In Chicago album release celebration. Jack DeJohnette will be with Muhal Richard Abrams and Henry Threadgill next Monday February 23rd at 6:30PM at SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012. The artists will discuss their musical history and the making of the album with writer Tom Staudter, interspersed with album excerpts and video. You can book your ticket here.

A Conversation with Jack DeJohnette

Legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette will give a live interview for NYU at “SubCulture” on 45 Bleecker Street. You are invited to experience and get to know one of the most consistently inventive drummers in jazz history. Having played with Miles Davis, Coltrane, Charles Loyd and many more, Jack DeJohnette has a lot to tell. Open to the public, $10 admission, hosted by Dr. David Schroeder, director of NYU Jazz Studies.