Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago
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Jack Goes To DC…
Jack DeJohnette will appear in a Q&A at the DC Jazz Festival on Saturday Junes 13th @ Noon, followed by two performances along with collaborators Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison.
Meet The Artist series is designed to give DC Jazz Festival audiences up close & personal opportunities to hear from and interact with artists off the bandstand. Such programs, part of DCJF’s humanities component, are a vital effort in our goal of increasing the audience for jazz and further demystifying the music for audience participants. The Jack DeJohnette Trio with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison perform June 13th at the Abramson Family Auditorium- NYU Washington, DC. The interview will be conducted by jazz historian W. A. Brower.
Trailer To Made In Chicago
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Made In Chicago Kick-Off
We are very pleased that we have received a grant from NewMusicUSA to continue with this historical project. We have secured our first booking at the Walker Center in Minneapolis on March 12. 2015.
Look for our release on ECM in January 2015
We had a very nice mention about our forthcoming release in the Boston Globe.
Here is the booklet for MIC
Jack DeJohnette leads a supergroup, and rare Chicago reunion, of AACM veterans Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill along with bassist Larry Gray.
DeJohnette’s stated intention in assembling this particular group was to re-connect with his musical roots. He was an integral part of the free jazz scene in Chicago in the early to mid ’60s, out of which that influential South Side collective AACM emerged.
As documented in George Lewis’ history of the AACM, A Power Stronger Than Itself, DeJohnette was among the established local players who participated in Friday afternoon sessions with Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors and other music students emerging from Woodrow Wilson Junior College. DeJohnette actually introduced Mitchell to Abrams at a 1963 rehearsal of Abrams’ fluctuating Experimental Band, a precursor to the AACM.
Even as DeJohnette’s ultra-special Special Edition celebrated the past at the Chicago Jazz Festival, there was little nostalgia in its fiercely relevant sounds. The set began with “Chant,” a Mitchell piece from the late ’70s whose progression from stately, pastel-toned minimalistic lines to intensely charged, bagpipe-like invocations couldn’t have been more gripping. On Abrams’ “Jack Five,” DeJohnette created a nifty prelude by running a hand-held mic under and above the hi-hat and cymbals to capture percussive overtones. He later rocked the piece, which found Threadgill in harder-edged form on alto than he has been lately, with a popping bass drum solo.
Throughout, DeJohnette was in his element with his polyrhythmic accents, booming tones and, on Mitchell’s “Think,” mallet strokes. The chamber-like piece opened with the composer on bass recorder, Threadgill on bass flute and Gray on cello. DeJohnette’s featured composition, “Museum of Time,” was a beaut, lifted by Abrams’ bluesy rolling figures and eloquent open attack and the richest harmonies on an evening dominated by overlapping melodies and counter tones.
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