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Vic Firth Jack DeJohnette (SJD) A stretch 5A for extra reach. Great for jazz and fusion. Available in wood or nylon tip. L = 16 5/16" | Dia. = .565" VIC FIRTH SIGNATURE ARTIST JACK DeJOHNETTE Jack DeJohnette began his musical training in classical piano, which he studied seriously for 10 years. After picking up the drums in high school, Jack graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and worked in various music genres in his hometown before moving to New York City in 1966. During his early Chicago years, DeJohnette played everything from R&B to free jazz. After moving to New York in 1966, Jack played with John Patton, Jackie McLean, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln. From 1966-9, he achieved his first national exposure with Charles Lloyd's quartet (which included Keith Jarrett and Ron McClure), one which toured the United States, Europe, the Far East, and was the first modern jazz band to play in Russia. While in NY, Jack also gigged with John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Stan Getz. In August 1969, DeJohnette replaced Tony Williams as a member of the Miles Davis combo, playing on the Bitches Brew sessions. In late 1970, Jack began recording with his own groups for Milestone, ECM, Impulse! and Blue Note labels, in addition to continuing his sideman efforts in a wide range of situations. One of his primary roles over the last decade has been as one-third of Jarrett's Standards Trio with Gary Peacock. His New Directions and Special Edition groups have included such sidemen as Lester Bowie, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, John Abercrombie and Michael Cain. Besides his work in the drumming world, Jack has also performed with Bobby McFerrin and Lyle Mays as part of a trio called Voicestra, devoted completely to the experimentation of vocal instrumentation. An expert at a number of instruments, DeJohnette is also skilled at nearly every musical style, from R&B to rock, various world music, reggae, bebop and free improvisation.