Jack DeJohnette: Celebrating 70 Years as Jazz's Moving Target

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Tuesday March 05, 2013

From Seattle Music Insider

By: Jonathan Sindelman

In celebration of his 70th birthday, legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette will return to Seattle for what could otherwise be slated as the ‘Lifetime Achievement Tour.’ Dejohnette has been recipient of numerous Grammys, and more recently, the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master award. A musical force that shines brightly to this day, over time DeJohnette has come to be regarded as a kind of guru into the creative process.

Seattle will have an opportunity to witness the living art as his current quartet makes its appearance for two consecutive evenings at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley beginning on Tuesday, February 19th. He will be joined by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, who himself is a living legacy, as well as a longtime associate and dear friend of DeJohnette. The band is anchored by pianist George Colligan (Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks) and burgeoning bassist Matt Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison from John Coltrane’s famed classic quartet.

If there is one defining quality of Jack’s life and work, it would be distilled from two basic elements ‘” the ability to approach music as a historian of percussion at its origin (and with relevance to virtually every aspect of its evolution in both sound and vocabulary), and a gift for giving music the breath and momentum that invariably strikes the ear as refreshing, forward-thinking, highly intuitive, and completely impervious to the predisposition for being collapsed into a given category, at the expense of being outmoded. With more than five decades of output, which accounts for around 30 titles as a leader, DeJohnette has worked with alongside many of jazz’s most celebrated figures, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, and far from least, piloting the rhythm section for Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in January 2013.

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