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Monday March 04, 2013

From TribLive

Drummer Jack DeJohnette keeps the beat after 71 years
By: Bob Karlovits

Drummer Jack DeJohnette says his self-defined title as a “multi-directional” musician has its roots in his effort to make his concerts more than simply a show.

“I always want to make them an event more than a gig,” he says.

DeJohnette will be showing off one of those directions Saturday at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as part of a tour marking his 70th year. With a chuckle, he points out that the tour began in 2012, when he turned 70, and this is actually his 71st year.
“I guess they are just getting some mileage out of it,” he says of the concert promoters.

The innovative and creative drummer will be touring with guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Tim Reis, pianist George Colligan and bassist Jerome Harris. That group is a fairly constant one, but can take different forms, sometimes not using a guitarist or replacing Reis with another saxophonist.

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