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Jack DeJohnette On Piano Jazz

Jack DeJohnette
Sandrine Lee
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Jack DeJohnette

Jack DeJohnette got his start on the piano as a child, but he took up the drums at 18 and went on to become one of the most inventive and important drummers in modern jazz history. He has provided rhythm for greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett.

In this 1993 Piano Jazz session, DeJohnette shares the story behind the real "Freddy the Freeloader." Host Marian McPartland and bassist Christian McBride join in for a jam on the McPartland original "Ambience."

Originally broadcast in the winter of 1993.


  • "Freddie the Freeloader" (Davis)
  • "I Loves You Porgy" (Gershwin, DuBose)
  • "It Could Happen to You" (Burke, Van Heusen)
  • "Alice in Wonderland" (Fain, Hilliard)
  • "Ambience" (McPartland)
  • "Blue in Green" (Evans, Davis)
  • "Silver Hollow" (DeJohnette)
  • "Mr. PC" (Coltrane)
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