jack dejohnette


Event Date and Time: Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $25 or $75 (for first three rows) – only $15 standing room only tickets are left at this time

Jack DeJohnette – world-renowned drummer, pianist, composer and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master – will offer an intimate solo piano concert, "Concert for Inner Peace," on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Byrdcliffe's Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock. Tickets are $25 (general seating) and $75 (first three rows) - sold out!


Jack DeJohnette at the Kleinert/James - SOLD OUT!!

DeJohnette, a longtime Woodstock resident, is donating proceeds from his performance to Family of Woodstock, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. In this generous spirit, DeJohnette continues Woodstock's long history as a community that comes together during times of change, in the spirit of making the world a more peaceful place.

In August of 2016, DeJohnette performed a solo piano concert at the Byrdcliffe Barn during a dramatic thunder and lightning storm. Attendees commented on how magical the concert was, performed in the dark with neither electricity nor even candles. On January 20, audiences will once again have the opportunity to experience DeJohnette's unrivaled relationship to the piano's trance-inducing percussive power.

Jack DeJohnette has collaborated with the world's most respected jazz artists, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, and countless others with whom he has been working for more than 30 years. He has made a career of both solo performances and collaboration.

As a child, DeJohnette played classical piano before learning the drums. His mastery of both percussion instruments is apparent in his deeply interrelated musical approach. DeJohnette's piano rhythms resound like mesmerizing pedaled drum riffs and yet, while rhythm is at the core of his musical thinking, his compositions are sustained equally by melody and narrative. "I think of myself as a colorist on the drums, like a painter," he says. "I can work within time, but I can also be free of it, more elastic. Piano is the same way."

DeJohnette has been performing with piano trios and other ensembles throughout his career, and released his second solo piano album, Return, in April 2016. This vinyl-only release is comprised of original compositions by DeJohnette plus one of his longtime favorite pieces by Milton Nascimento. Return is meditative, complex and impressionistic, offering multiple opportunities to highlight DeJohnette's technical virtuosity on the keyboard. One of the new pieces is a tribute to Erik Satie's Gymnopédies.

The evening will include a raffle of two items: a limited edition, signed, vinyl LP of DeJohnette's solo piano recording Return, and a collection of CDs signed by Jack. Raffle tickets are $20 each. Proceeds benefit Family of Woodstock, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum.

Image credits: photo on left by William Semeraro; photo on right by Sandrine Lee.