Modern Drummer Readers Choose Jack


Jack DeJohnette

“Philly Joe Jones turned [the ride cymbal beat] around. Roy Haynes was doing that even before Philly Joe, though. They are around the same age, but a lot of what he played came from Roy. Elvin had a different kind of touch, a heavier touch. But listen to some of the licks that Roy played compared to Elvin; he took it totally in his direction and added valuable contributions that are still influential and resonate today. Then you had Tony Williams, and then, on the other end of the spectrum, great drummers like Andrew Cyrille, Paul Motian—Paul became a painter with the music, particularly in the quartet with Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, and Keith Jarrett. In terms of freeing the drummer’s role up, Rashied Ali is another one. Milford Graves, too. And all those guys could play time, but they were all into a multidirectional, more abstract approach to drumming; they put their own stamp on the music.” [October 2017]


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Album Review at Relix

Several things become clear as you listen to Hudson, the debut album by the quartet of Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboards) and John Scofield (guitar). First is an immediate reminder that each of these musicians is an uncontested virtuoso. But that’s not news. With long, proven track records—nominal leader DeJohnette, at 74, is one of jazz’s most celebrated drummers, having played for more than five decades with everyone from Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins to Bruce Hornsby and Esperanza Spalding—every one of these players is an in-demand individualist whose presence on any recording guarantees innovation.  Read more:

Miles Davis Award at Montreal Jazz Festival

Drummer Jack DeJohnette was feted with the festival’s Miles Davis Award and, celebrating his 75th birthday, performed with his jazz-rock supergroup Hudson, featuring guitarist John Scofield, keyboard wizard John Medeski, and bassist Larry Grenadier.

Hudson Limited Edition

You can now get a limited edition signed poster + Hudson CD package on our Bandcamp page, available only when you pre-order.

Rolling Stone premieres track ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” by Hudson

Rolling Stone premiered the new project Hudson from four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood), and John Scofield (guitar). This supergroup’s cover of Bob Dylan’s track “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” premiered today in Rolling Stone. Listen to the track here!

If you pre-order Hudson now, you will get “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” instantly!

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is a free, two-day festival in New York City that celebrates the life and musical genius of Charlie Parker. Produced by the nonprofit organization City Parks Foundation, the longstanding jazz festival takes place every August (in honor of Parker’s birth date) in the neighborhoods that Parker both lived and worked — Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem’s Historic District and Tompkins Square Park in the Lower East Jack DeJohnette has confirmed his participation this year; joining a special ensemble with Dave Holland and Jason Moran. Learn more here.

Funhouse Fest 2016

Grammy- winning singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby gathers musical friends for a three-day jam. This is line up, curated by Bruce Hornsby includes Greensky Bluegrass, Jack DeJohnette- Ravi Coltrane- Matt Garrison, Railroad Earth, ChessBoxer, Aoife O’Donovan, Taj Mahal and more. Click here and learn all details.

In Movement European Tour***

Jack DeJohnette along with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison recorded the album In Movement (ECM) released in May 6th. The band is pleased to announce the European tour that will visit 6 countries with 8 performances confirmed. Romania, Finland, Poland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland are the countries selected to premiere In Movement.

No one in this group has to run from history, or overly fetishize it, in order to sound like an individual—a shared skill that makes In Movement a frequently spellbinding experience.

Pori Jazz Festival New Confirmations!

Seven new acts will be added to the line-up of Pori Jazz main concerts. Among other acts are the high-profile bands lead by percussionist Jack DeJohnette and saxophonist Steve Coleman. The line-up for the Concerts in Kirjurinluoto is now complete and the stage-specific programmes have been released. Jack DeJohnette will be playing in Pori on Thursday July 14th. Along with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison. DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison is all about closing of the circle because half a century ago DeJohnette was part of a band lead by Ravi Coltrane’s father John Coltrane and the bassist was Matthew Garrison’s old man Jimmy Garrison. This big-name, two-generation Trio recently released their new album with the legendary record label ECM. Learn more here

DownBeat June’s Cover

Jack’s with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison grace the cover of Downbeat in  June. There is a family connection in the collaboration. Fifty years ago, as a young drummer sitting in with John Coltrane’s group, Jack performed with the fathers of both Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison. Watch the EPK here.