Jack DeJohnette
Drummer, Pianist, and Composer
Willow, NY
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Jack DeJohnette is a legendary jazz drummer, pianist, and composer. After studying at the American Conservatory of Music, he began his career playing R&B, hard bop, and avant-garde music in Chicago with his own groups and with Roscoe Mitchell, and John Coltrane. In 1966, DeJohnette moved to New York. He has collaborated with most major figures in jazz history, including Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, Charles Lloyd, Betty Carter, and Eddie Harris. In January 2012, DeJohnette received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Fellowship.

Portrait photo courtesy Dion Ogust.
  • Artwork by Jack DeJohnette
    Photo credit Ernest Gregory
Artwork by Jack DeJohnette