A score of jazz music legends including Norah Jones and Don Henley once called Denton, Texas, home. And this weekend, it’s the talents coming to the music-fueled city that will have everyone talking.
The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival has delighted Texans and music lovers from around the world since 1979. A combination art and music festival, Arts & Jazz offers kids art activities, a juried arts and crafts show and incredible jazz shows.
This year, audiences will get to see Jack DeJohnette —a world-renowned jazz drummer who has played alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk—in action. On Friday, April 28, he and his new trio will take the stage in Denton as the opening headliner.
Musician Spotlight: Jack DeJohnette
His career has spanned nearly six decades, during which DeJohnette has become as versatile a drummer as anyone in the business. If you look long enough, you’ll be able to find DeJohnette drumming along to hard hop, R&B, world music and avant-garde; and this fluidity is no accident.
“As a child, I listened to all kinds of music and I never put them into categories,” he recalls. “I had formal lessons on piano and listened to opera, country and western music, rhythm and blues, swing, jazz, whatever. To me, it was all music and all great.”
That mindset and his unyielding talent have earned DeJohnette multiple Grammys in addition to an NEA fellowship, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
On Friday, April 28, he will headline the festival with a couple of talented friends. He’ll be joined by John Coltrane’s son, Ravi, and Matt Garrison in what promises to be a lively family affair: Jack played with Ravi’s father, and is also Matt’s godfather. Fans from all across the country will flock to discover what DeJohnette and Denton do best.
It may be art, it may be jazz—whatever it is, it’s all great.