Jack DeJohnette Tour Schedule
There is little else in music that can match the transcendent experience of seeing
a true jazz great doing his thing and that is exactly what you get when you decide to attend a Jack DeJohnette concert. The
fact that Jack DeJohnette has been able to seamlessly transition from jazz to R&B to bebop to new age and more throughout
is more than fifty year long career is a testament to the incredible talents of this multi-instrumentalist. Fortunately for
music lovers all over the world the 71 year old performer is still recording and regularly heading out on tour.
De Johnette has a series of shows slated for early 2014 and jazz lovers will want to get their hands on tickets ASAP. The
first concert is on Saturday February 1, 2014 at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The end of the month will see Jack DeJohnette
on the other side of the country performing two shows in California. The first show on February 21st will be at Mondavi Center
on the UC Davis campus in Davis, California, with the second show taking place the following night down in Los Angeles at
Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. If you cannot make either show be sure to keep an eye on StubHub to see when Jack DeJohnette
will be performing near you.
About the Artist
At the tender age of four Jack DeJohnette's parents signed
him up for piano lessons at the Chicago Conservatory of Music and he quickly proved himself to be a musical prodigy. A few
years later he would decide to start playing drums as well. The decision to take on the drums would prove to be DeJohnette's
ticket to fame. Eventually he would be playing drums with some of the greatest names in the history of jazz music including
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and George Benson. While jazz remains Jack DeJohnette's preferred
genre of music he believes musicians should not be trapped in a specific genre and has made music with traditional African
and Native American influences as well as new age music, reggae, dance music, and African jazz. To this day Jack DeJohnette
puts all of these different influences on display in both his recordings and his concerts. This is one musician every music
lover needs to see.
After spending much of his professional career playing in the bands of
other jazz musicians Jack DeJohnette decided to get a band of his own together in the late Sixties while he was still playing
with Miles Davis. In 1968 he released his first album The DeJohnette Complex on which he played some drums but mostly played
the melodica. The success of DeJohnette's early solo work allowed him to be signed by ECM, a label that would give him ample
opportunities to both perform as a sideman and to form his own bands. The Seventies then proved to be an incredibly productive
time for Jack DeJohnette as he recorded both as a member and a leader of several bands including Directions, Compost, Gateway
Trio, New Directions, and Special Edition. His work with Special Edition has been covered by numerous jazz bands including
Keith Jarrett's Trio of which DeJohnette was a part.
If you are looking to see a true legend
and master of his craft look no further than virtuoso drummer and composer Jack DeJohnette. The world renowned jazz musician
has spent decades perfecting his art as well as finding new avenues of musical expression to explore. All of this hard work
to which Jack DeJohnette has dedicated his life is on full display when you head out to the concert hall the night of a Jack
DeJohnette performance. It is a transcendent experience like no other as DeJohnette bounces from style to style always able
to keep the listener engaged and wondering what is coming next. Whenever and wherever Jack DeJohnette is performing, one thing
is for certain, he will be surrounded by some of the best musicians on the planet and will be geared up to put on an amazing
show. It is an incomparable concert that you will hope never ends. By the time the night is through you will be anxiously
awaiting the next time Jack DeJohnette comes back to town.
For all of his incredible contributions
to music over his career, Jack DeJohnette was given an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, one of the most revered
music colleges in the United States. Typically known as a jazz musician, Jack DeJohnette showed his versatility when he recorded
a new age album, one for which he was awarded a Grammy Award in 2009. He has also recorded electronic music meant for aiding
relaxation and meditation, including Music in the Key of Om, which he released on his own label, Golden Beams Productions.