John Scofield Überjam
@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2014
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John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the
late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive
sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser
whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged
jazz, and R & B.
Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took
up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players.
He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording
with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the
Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded
with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began
his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in
1978. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis.
His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness
as a player and composer.
Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international
Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics)
including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny,
Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell,
Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe
Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams,
Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland,
Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield
has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented
electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical
Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own
groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University,
a husband and father of two.