Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jack Is a Jazz Master of His Musical Trade; When It Comes to Jazz, Drummer Jack DeJohnette May as Well Wear a Crown as Standard. SAM WONFOR Talks to Him Ahead of His Tyneside Arrival

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jack Is a Jazz Master of His Musical Trade; When It Comes to Jazz, Drummer Jack DeJohnette May as Well Wear a Crown as Standard. SAM WONFOR Talks to Him Ahead of His Tyneside Arrival

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Byline: SAM WONFOR

AT the age of 71 and with a list of unrivalled achievements in his chosen tuneful field, Jack DeJohnette could be 100% forgiven for buying himself a recliner and enjoying the memories for the next 30 years.

"Yeah, but why would I do that when I still love it so much?", says the legendary jazz drummer, speaking from the Belgium stop of a European tour.

"I keep myself in shape. Playing music is like being an athlete. You have to eat right, exercise and keep a positive frame of mind. I just want to keep writing and playing as long as I'm physically and mentally able to. If I'm interested, I'm there."

Thankfully for the organisers and attendees of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Chicago-born Jack was interested in their 10th anniversary event, which kicks off tomorrow. And as good as his word, he'll be there.

His inclusion is one of the undoubted highlights of the busy and eclectic three-day programme for the three-day festival, which also welcomes the likes of guitar maestro Bill Frisell, Django Bates, Robert Glasper, Courtney Pine and GoGo Penguin to name but a few.

Jack is coming as part of the Spring Quartet - the latest in a long successful line of music projects and collectives he has been involved in for the best part of five decades.

Having worked with a list of legends and luminaries, which we frankly haven't got room to print (but John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock would be a few), Jack's current focus sees him composing and performing alongside Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese. It has rightly been termed a "jazz supergroup" and it sounds like NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winner Jack is having a suitably super time being part of it. "We came together out of appreciation for one another's talent," he says. "We've worked with each other in different circumstances, but not as the Spring Quartet.

"The opportunity came for us do some dates - there was interest in it, we all agreed to do it and it has been fantastic. …

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