1966: He joins saxophonist Charles Lloyd's Quartet, which records "Forest Flower" at the Monterey Jazz Festival. DeJohnette clicks with Keith Jarrett, the band's pianist.
1968: The drummer joins pianist Bill Evans' trio, with which he records "Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival." He also records his first album as a leader: "The DeJohnette Complex," on which he shares the drumming with Roy Haynes. (A pianist before he was a drummer, DeJohnette plays the keyboard-based melodica on much of the album.)
1969: He joins Miles Davis's electric band and records the iconic "Bitches Brew" with the trumpeter.
1971: DeJohnette co-leads the album "Ruta and Daitya" with Jarrett. (Their musical partnership continues to this day; DeJohnette remains the drummer in Jarrett's trio, with which he first recorded in 1983.)
1976: DeJohnette forms his New Directions band with guitarist John Abercrombie, trumpeter Lester Bowie and bassist Eddie Gomez. Around the same time he forms his Special Edition band, which helps launch the careers of saxophonists David Murray, Arthur Blythe and Chico Freeman.
1990: He tours with guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Herbie Hancock and bassist Dave Holland. The quartet records "Parallel Realities."
2012: The National Endowment for the Arts names DeJohnette a "Jazz Master." He releases his CD "Sound Travels" with musicians ranging from vocalist Bobby McFerrin to rock pianist/singer Bruce Hornsby and new-generation