John Scofield

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. 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 and played with jazz masters like Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Billy Cobam and Miles Davis already early on. Since then he has prominently led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader.
 
John Scofield’s ECM appearances to date include two albums with Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires group – Bass Desires (recorded 1985) and Second Sight (1987) – in which the guitarist shared frontline duties with Bill Frisell. On Shades of Jade (2004), a third Marc Johnson album, Scofield is heard alongside frequent colleague Joe Lovano. The live double album [...]
John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. 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 and played with jazz masters like Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Billy Cobam and Miles Davis already early on. Since then he has prominently led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader.
 
John Scofield’s ECM appearances to date include two albums with Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires group – Bass Desires (recorded 1985) and Second Sight (1987) – in which the guitarist shared frontline duties with Bill Frisell. On Shades of Jade (2004), a third Marc Johnson album, Scofield is heard alongside frequent colleague Joe Lovano. The live double album Saudades (recorded in 2004), meanwhile, features Scofield as a member of Trio Beyond, alongside Jack DeJohnette and Larry Goldings, reassessing the songbook of Tony Williams’ Lifetime.
 
On 2020’s Swallow Tales, John Scofield’s first leader-date for ECM, the guitarist celebrated the music of his mentor and friend Steve Swallow in a trio featuring Swallow himself and Bill Stewart on drums. The John Scofield solo-album followed in 2022 and framed him in solo performances on guitar, occasionally accompanied by his own loops. The Wire said “Scofield’s first ever solo recording is as full-hearted, personal and openly expressive as he’s ever sounded. In it, he goes back to his earliest musical loves – not just jazz, but rock, folk and country. No fusions, just fond memories.”
 
On Uncle John’s Band, John Scofield’s double album in trio with Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart, is released in October 2023 and presents a wide-ranging repertoire, from Dylan’s “Mr Tambourine Man” to Neil Young’s “Old Man”, from Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” to the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool classic “Budo”. And jazz standards including “Stairway to the Stars” and “Ray’s Idea” rub shoulders with seven Scofield originals that are variously swing, funk and folk-inflected.
 
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YEAR DATE Artist VENUE LOCATION
2024 July 04 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

Kongsberg Musikkteater Kongsberg, Norway Event
2024 July 09 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

Can Reon Tiana, Spain Event
2024 July 13 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands Event
2024 July 15 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

tba Merano, Italy
2024 July 16 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

tba Merano, Italy
2024 July 18 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

Giardino della Chiesa di san Giorgio Manerba, Italy
2024 July 19 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

Casa del Jazz Rome, Italy Event
2024 July 25 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

Winzer Krems Krems, Austria Event
2024 July 27 John Scofield

w/ Dave Holland

Plaza de la Trinidad San Sebastian, Spain
2024 November 06 John Scofield

Solo

de Spil Roeselare, Belgium Event
2024 November 09 John Scofield

Solo

Espoo Cultural Centre Espoo, Finland Event
2024 November 14 John Scofield

Solo

tba Barcelona, Spain