Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jack DeJohnette is one of the world's most accomplished musicians. His musical diversity can be heard with innumerable jazz and pop artists, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, Sting, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Townsend, Santana and his own band, Special Edition, as well as his immensely popular trio with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock. Jack has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music, along with an extensive list of awards for drumming, including at least 14 years of the Downbeat polls. CDs for his own Golden Beams Productions include duets with percussionist Don Alias, "Welcome Blessing," and "Music in the Key of Om".
Master drummer Jack DeJohnette sees his instrument as a complete musical entity, melodic as well as percussive. This fascinating feature breaks down his unique approach for drummers of all levels - and anyone else who plays an instrument or simply loves music. You'll learn how Jack creates a flow of improvisational ideas through balance and relaxation as he communicates his concepts about phrasing, tuning, timekeeping and melody. He provides important "inside" tips on his approach to the cymbals, stick and brush work, bass drum and hi-hat technique, and other skills essential to his trademark sound. Fellow drummer Harvey Sorgen poses the questions while our cameras give you multiple views of Jack's demonstrations. Throughout this feature, Jack conveys remarkable command of his instrument and his interest in cross-pollination of musical styles. This powerful and inspiring feature culminates in a spectacular display of seamlessly interwoven grooves: reggae, funk, rock and Latin! You'll never hear music the same way again after studying with this true master. Jack DeJohnette uses Sonor drums, Sabian Jack DeJohnette Signature Line cymbals and Vic Firth sticks.