Spring Arts Guide 2013

Jack DeJohnette March 16 at The Kennedy Center

Jack DeJohnette is coming off a big year. He turned 70, released a fascinating worldbeat-influenced album (Sound Travels)—and, oh yes, he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the highest honor that America bestows on its jazz musicians. The latter is especially impressive for the man whose breakthrough came with his work on Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ 1969 record that much of the jazz world declared blasphemy at the time. But musicians have always understood his greatness, and he progressed from the early days of fusion into work in every jazz aegis, always with his own distinctive language of rhythm and color. As pianist George Colligan recently said, DeJohnette is “the Yo-Yo Ma of jazz drumming.” DeJohnette turned 70 last year, and he’s taken the party all the way through 2013: He’s releasing a box set of four classic recordings and taking his show on the road with an aces core quartet (Colligan, guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, bassist Jerome Harris), which he augments with any number of surprise guests from his illustrious career. Your own birthday party may not run quite so long, or so grandiosely, but at least you’re invited to his. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $35.

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