Jazz Legend Jack DeJohnette Returns to Chicago

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Thursday August 29, 2013


Jazz legend Jack DeJohnette returns to Chicago
The legendary drummer and native son will kick off the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
By Alison Cuddy

Born on the South Side, educated at what was then called the Chicago Vocational High School, Jack DeJohnette went on to become one of the greatest drummers in jazz history. Now he’s back in his hometown, to kick off the 35th Chicago Jazz Festival.

Thursday night DeJohnette will play alongside a group of Chicago musicians who helped form his sound: Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill.

‘Special Legends Edition Chicago’ is the name of the concert, as well as a reference to a group/musicial project DeJohnette started back in the seventies.

But the gathering is also a nod to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians or AACM. Abrams, Mitchell and Threadgill are members, and DeJohnette says the physical and experimental space they carved out in Chicago is what prepared him for ‘the world stage of music.’

DeJohnette’s presence on that stage is enormous. After moving to New York City in the 1960s, he played with most of the jazz giants: John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz and more.

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