The Ripple Effect featuring Jack DeJohnette and DJ Logic
Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in DeJohnette's family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago conservatory of music. DeJohnette credits his uncle, Roy l. Wood Sr., who was one of the most popular jazz DJ's in the South side of Chicago, later vice president of the National Network of Black Broadcasters, as the person who initially inspired him to pursue music.
In his early years on the Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer. He played R & B, hard bop, and avant-garde and was active with the experimentalists of the AACM in its early days, with the likes of founder Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman. In 1966, he drummed alongside Rashied Ali in the John Coltrane Quintet. International recognition came with his tenure in the Charles Lloyd Quartet, one of the first jazz groups to receive cross-over attention, also alerting the world to Keith Jarrett's skills.
Jack DeJohnette has collaborated with most major figures in jazz history. His grooves were an integral part of Miles Davis' seminal "Bitches Brew" album. He has also worked with the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Lee Morgan, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter and Eddie Harris, who is responsible for convincing De Johnette to stick with drums because he heard De Johnette's natural talent. Jack has also worked with many great musicians outside of jazz, including Bruce Hornsby; Will Calhoun and Vernon Reid from Living Colour; Meshell Ndegeocello; The Blues Brothers and Foday Musa Suso.
Jack has made numerous recordings and tours as a leader, and he owns and operates his own label, Golden Beams Productions.
DJ Logic (born Jason Kibler) is a turntablist active primarily in jazz and the with so-called jam bands.
Kibler was raised in the Bronx. An early interest in hip hop led to his using the turntables, practicing often. Kibler was also interested in funk and jazz music, and began collaborating with various musicians. His own recordings are perhaps best described as contemporary soul jazz with a strong rap feel.
Kibler tours often with his own group, Project Logic, and has recorded or performed with Vernon Reid, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Uri Caine, Warren Haynes, Charlie Hunter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and others.