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Art Works Podcast: Jack DeJohnette, Part Two

This week's podcast is the second half of our conversation with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette. DeJohnette's wide-ranging style makes him a dynamic sideman and bandleader, and he has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s to the present day, including NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, and Abbey Lincoln. He's also an accomplished keyboardist, having studied classical piano for ten years before taking up the drums. The Chicago-born, New York-based DeJohnette has a resume that goes on for pages, but here are a few highlights: he was a charter member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet; he played with Miles Davis' pioneering band in the late '60s early '70s, performing on the seminal album Bitches Brew; and he has had a decades-long partnership with pianist Keith Jarrett, performing with him in various bands including the acclaimed Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio. DeJohnette has also led several groups, including Directions and Special Edition. In addition to all of this, the musician has enjoyed a diverse and successful solo career.

The music heard on the audio is excerpted from "Indigo Dreamscape" from the CD Sound Travels, which is slated for a January 17th release. It is composed by Jack DeJohnette and used courtesy of Golden Beams Productions, eOne Music, and DL Media.

Missed the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters concert and ceremony last Tuesday? You can watch it in full through our archived webcast.


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