By Andy Doerschuk
Published July 2, 2010
(Left) Jack DeJohnette practicing at his home in upstate New York
It’s nice to be liked, but it’s flippin’ great to be honored by your peers. Which explains why three legends of percussion must be feeling pretty darned good now that The Percussive Arts Society — the world's largest percussion organization that promotes percussion education, research, performance, and appreciation — has announced the 2010 inductees into its Hall Of Fame. The three honored percussionists are jazz drumming innovator Jack DeJohnette, famed timpanist and composer Stanley Leonard, and influential orchestral percussionist and educator Walter Rosenberger. They will join nearly 100 former Hall Of Famers, including Elvin Jones, Louis Bellson, Gene Krupa, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, Tony Williams, and Ringo Starr. The 34-year-old organization will celebrate the contributions of DeJohnette, Leonard, and Rosenberger during the Hall Of Fame reception at PASIC 2010 this November. It’s a night not to be missed (although I’ve been forewarned to not order the chicken).