• From left, Chick Corea (piano), Stanley Clarke (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) perform John Coltrane's "Miles' Mode" at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle.
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    From left, Chick Corea (piano), Stanley Clarke (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) perform John Coltrane's "Miles' Mode" at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle.
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  • Jack DeJohnette is touring ahead of his 70th birthday this summer. The veteran drummer was born August 9, 1942.
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    Jack DeJohnette is touring ahead of his 70th birthday this summer. The veteran drummer was born August 9, 1942.
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  • You probably know Stanley Clarke as the bassist in Chick Corea's Return to Forever.
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    You probably know Stanley Clarke as the bassist in Chick Corea's Return to Forever.
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  • Chick Corea (left) and Stanley Clarke have been playing together since the early 1970s.
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    Chick Corea (left) and Stanley Clarke have been playing together since the early 1970s.
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  • Jack DeJohnette will perform at this summer's Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Jack DeJohnette will perform at this summer's Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Chick Corea (pictured) and Jack DeJohnette recorded together way back in 1969, on Corea's Is and Jamala LPs.
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    Chick Corea (pictured) and Jack DeJohnette recorded together way back in 1969, on Corea's Is and Jamala LPs.
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  • Beginning mid-June, Chick Corea will trade in DeJohnette and Clarke for vocalist Bobby McFerrin. The duo will tour throughout the summer.
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    Beginning mid-June, Chick Corea will trade in DeJohnette and Clarke for vocalist Bobby McFerrin. The duo will tour throughout the summer.
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  • Stanley Clarke is known primarily as an electric bassist, but picked up an upright bass for this session.
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    Stanley Clarke is known primarily as an electric bassist, but picked up an upright bass for this session.
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  • Remember, this man was a drummer on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.
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    Remember, this man was a drummer on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.
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  • Jack DeJohnette messes around with Stanley Clarke's bass after performing Victor Feldman's "Joshua."
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    Jack DeJohnette messes around with Stanley Clarke's bass after performing Victor Feldman's "Joshua."
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Drummer Jack DeJohnette was 23 when he made his first recording with The Charles Lloyd Quartet in 1966. Since that time, he's been a driving force in the world of jazz. This year, DeJohnette will celebrate his birthday all year long — the big day is actually August 9 — with special events, including his current tour with his old friends Chick Corea (piano) and Stanley Clarke (bass).

One afternoon during their four-night engagement at Seattle's Jazz Alley, this jazz supergroup visited the KPLU Performance Studio for a little conversation with jazz host Abe Beeson and a whole lot of music. They must have had Miles Davis on their minds that day, because they began with John Coltrane's "Miles' Mode" and continued with Victor Feldman's composition "Joshua," which was originally recorded by Davis on his Seven Steps to Heaven album.

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  • "Miles' Mode"
  • "Joshua"
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Abe Beeson, host; Justin Steyer, video production

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