Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison; Monday, July 28, 2014

Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison
Monday, July 28
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“…extraordinary, flowing… and full of tone color.” – The Guardian

If there is such a thing as jazz royalty, this concert offers an ample supply! Across a 50-year career, 2012 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner Jack DeJohnette has blazed trails as one of a handful of the most innovative drummers in jazz history. The short list of his creative associations includes Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Charles Lloyd, George Benson, Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland and so many others. While Jack’s incendiary sound is easily recognized, he brings the versatility to encompass hard bop, fusion, world music and avant-garde styles in equal measure. Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) has taken a remarkable journey over the past two decades, collaborating with jazz greats from McCoy Tyner to Joe Lovano, Ralph Alessi, Geri Allen and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. His latest Blue Note release is Spirit Fiction. Electric bassist Matthew Garrison (son of Jimmy) has recorded and appeared with some of the most exciting artists in jazz,  including Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Steve Coleman and Jim Beard. He is the founder of Shapeshifter Lab, a Brooklyn incubator for adventurous music.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jack DeJohnette’s first instrument was the piano. Although he studied classical piano as a youngster, he was open to all types of music, r&b, pop, jazz, country & western, and international music. At fourteen, he became interested in drumset and began playing in his school music program. Soon he was as much in-demand for his drumming as he was for his keyboard skills. But, ultimately, the drums won out. Amazingly, one of DeJohnette’s first professional experiences was playing with saxophonist John Coltrane. Playing with Coltrane placed him squarely in the avant garde of the mid-’60s, and he became part of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a loose affiliation of progressive composers and performers. His first long-term, high-profile gig was with saxophonist Charles Lloyd, whose band also featured a young Keith Jarrett on piano. Before long, DeJohnette was performing with the cream-of-the-crop, including Jackie McLean, Betty Carter, and Stan Getz. In 1968 DeJohnette landed the drum chair with Miles Davis, replacing drum innovator Tony Williams. It was the start of Davis’ “Electric Miles” phase, and Miles was now enjoying notoriety beyond the jazz world. Jack Johnson, Bitches Brew, Live at the Fillmore, and other Miles recordings of the late ’60s, early ’70s, showcased DeJohnette’s unique propulsive style. DeJohnette was also starting to receive attention for leading his own groups, starting with Compost. Compost was superceded by Directions, then New Directions. Both bands featured guitarist John Abercrombie. His ’80s group, Special Edition, featured the saxophone talents of David Murray, Arthur Blythe, John Purcell, and Chico Freeman, with bassist Rufus Reid. However, Jack’s longest musical association – for over three decades – has been Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio, featuring bassist Gary Peacock

Always forward looking, DeJohnette continues to search out new collaborations and creative forms of expression. Among his projects in the ’90s was an all-star touring group of Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and Dave Holland, and their recording, Music for a Fifth World. Over the past decade, his drumming has been featured on award-winning recordings, including two Grammy-nominated albums for 2004: The Out Of Towners, with Jarrett’s Standards Trio, and Don Byron’s Ivey Divey. The following year, 2005, was especially prolific. He started his own record label, Golden Beams Productions; formed The Jack DeJohnette Latin Project with ace conguero Giovanni Hildago; recorded a tribute to the late Tony Williams with The Beyond Trio, featuring guitarist John Scofield and organist Larry Goldings; and led a quartet featuring Danilo Perez, John Pattitucci, and Jerome Harris. In his current trio, with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison, DeJohnette blazes a creative path through the jazz tradition. It’s an exhilarating tour of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, ethereal soundscapes, and post-bop musings.

Jack DeJohnette Trio

DATE: Monday, July 28, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $30/Adv $35/Door, No Comp Tickets
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Brian Reid
(978) 283-2883

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