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The John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet

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Monday, Feb 8, 2016

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John Scofield

About John Scofield

Scofield just received TWO 2017 Grammy Awards: Country for Old Men was named Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and John won Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his turn on “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” John brings us his celebrated take on classic country with a truly incredible band.

John Scofield is one of the most influential and innovative guitarists of his generation. He has spent the last 40 years blazing a trail through the post-fusion wilderness, bringing his singular voice to a variety of different projects. His hallmark is his masterful improvising, and his music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R&B.

Scofield’s resumé reads like a who’s who of the last 40 years of jazz. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music, his first recording was with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Soon he would be performing with the likes of Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, and Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis, with whom he had an influential stint from 1982-85 that placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Scofield has prominently led his own groups since then, making a big noise internationally in the modern jazz world with his rock and blues influences. He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, and Phil Lesh. Throughout his decades long career, Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music, all the while keeping an open musical mind.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“…he possesses one of the most unique guitar voices in modern music.” – Frederick Bernas, All About Jazz

” …the proper blend of grace and grit” -New York Times


Joe Lovano

About Joe Lovano

Grammy winning saxophonist Joe Lovano is one of the most innovative and far reaching players in jazz. His warm, burnished tone has roots in classic bebop, but his harmonic language has much more to say. Joe has dedicated his career to pushing the envelope of improvised music, and has surrounded himself with players who do the same. With his latest ensemble, Us Five, Lovano takes his mission a step further, employing two drummers to heighten the rhythmic complexity of his already harmonically complex music.

Born in Cleveland, Joe grew up listening to his father, a tenor player himself. While still in high school Lovano started working in area clubs, eventually saving up enough gig money to put himself through college. Upon arriving at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Joe dove into the busy music scene, finding many like-minded players looking for a new sound. Joe spent his immediate post-college days playing with Tom Jones, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff, and a three-year stint with Woody Herman’s band.

Upon moving to New York in 1980, Lovano began recording and performing under his own name. He also appeared with some of the major names in modern jazz: Paul Motian’s World of Music, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, the John Scofield Quintet, and countless others. He signed with Blue Note in 1991, and has released over 25 albums under his own name since that time.

Lovano always has several ensembles going at once: unaccompanied saxophone and gongs, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, his Wind Ensemble, Street Band and Nonet, and three years with the SFJAZZ Collective. With his two-drummer quintet Us Five, Lovano’s latest release, Cross Culture is an 11-track tour de force that presents 10 of Lovano’s original compositions along with a stunning interpretation of the Billy Strayhorn ballad “Star Crossed Lovers.” Augmenting his core group (pianist James Weidman, bassists Esperanza Spalding or Peter Slavov, and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela) with the daring West African guitarist – and fellow Blue Note artist – Lionel Loueke, Lovano delivers his most fully realized representation of a career-long quest to explore the notion of universal musical language.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“The first time I heard Joe Lovano I felt that he was the most creative and hard swinging tenor player I’d heard in years. Joe has emerged as a giant on his instrument and a full fledged giant of jazz.” -Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records