Jack Dejohnette

Jack DeJohnette (b. 1942) is an American jazz pianist and drummer. DeJohnette was born Chicago, Illinois. He studied drums and piano. He was first known as a member Charles Lloyd’s band. Keith Jarrett was also a part of that band at the time. He recorded many albums for ECM, both as a leader and sideman, from 1969 to 1972. Since the mid-1970s, DeJohnette has been a leader in several groups, including Directions with John Abercrombie and Alex Foster, Warren Bernhardt and Mike Richmond, New Directions with Lester Bowie and Eddie Gomez, and Special Edition (with David Murray and Chico Freeman as well as Arthur Blythe and Peter Warren). He has been a member since the 1980s of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio. He is a brilliant improvisor and a clear stylistic follower of Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, two of the most influential drummers of the 1960s. Jack is a member of Trio Beyond, along with Larry Goldings (organ), and John Scofield(guitar). The trio was created in honor of The Tony Williams Lifetime trio, which included Tony Williams (organ), Larry Young (guitar), and John McLaughlin. He successfully combines elements of free jazz with the deep groove of an R while still maintaining his R-style.

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