Friday, February 17 | 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 17 | 9:00 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 1970s and is still 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, funky edged jazz, and R&B.
From 1982 to 1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His stint with Davis 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 and recorded over thirty albums as a leader (many already classics), including on collaborations with contemporary favorites such as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, and Phil Lesh. He has played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, and Terumasa Hino, among many other 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 mind.
John Scofield’s latest project, Country for Old Men, made headlines at the 2017 GRAMMYs after winning Best Jazz Instrumental Album. The album pays homage to the country songs of American icons such as Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton. His tribute song to Hank Williams, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, won him another GRAMMY for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
“Scofield at full jazz-improv pelt is always something to behold.”—Guardian
“Scofield is one of the most distinctive and influential electric guitarists of the past 40 years.”—San Diego Union-TribuneBack to Concerts