John Scofield at the 2013 WIJBF!June 25, 2013
Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues is absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome living legend John Scofield to St. John’s this summer for the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival.
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. 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 Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock 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 mind.
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. John has recently released two new albums, “This Meets That” and “That’s What I Say.”
It is an absolute treat to have Mr. Scofield coming to St. John’s this year, and luckily there are still tickets available to see this amazing concert! So don’t miss The John Scofield Überjam Band ft. Andy Hess, Avi Bortnik, and Tony Mason, July 11 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.