John Scofield: guitar; Larry Goldings: piano and organ; Scott Colley: bass; Brian Blade: drums. Produced by John Scofield. Engineered and mixed by James Farber at Sear Sound NYC, January 2011. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling, January 2011.
1. Simply Put
2. I Will
4. Throw It Away
5. I Want To Talk About You
6. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
8. Mood Returns
9. Already September
10. You Don't Know What Love Is
11. Plain Song
12. I Loves You Porgy
John Scofield-guitar; Jon Cleary-piano, keyboards and vocals; George Porter Jr.-bass; Ricky Fataar-drums; John Boutt-vocals; Shannon Powell-percussion
1. That's Enough
2. Motherless Child
3. It's a Big Army
4. His Eye is on the Sparrow
5. Something's Got a Hold on Me
6. The Old Ship of Zion
7. Ninety Nine and a Half
8. Just a Little While to Stay Here
9. Never Turn Back
10. Walk With Me
11. But I Like the Message
12. The Angel of Death
13. I'll Fly Away
John Scofield-guitar; Steve Swallow-bass; Bill Stewart-drums; Roger Rosenberg-baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Lawrence Feldman-tenor saxophone, flutes; Jim Pugh-trombone; John Swana-trumpet, flugelhorn
1. The Low Road
2. Down D
3. Strangeness in the Night
4. Heck of a Job
5. Behind Closed Doors
6. The House of the Rising Sun
7. Shoe Dog
9. Trio Blues
10. Pretty Out
11. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
John Scofield-guitar; John Medeski-keyboards; Billy Martin-drums; Chris Wood-bass.
Recorded in January 2006 at Shacklyn Studios, Brooklyn, NY
1. Little Walter Rides Again
2. Miles Behind
3. In Case The World Changes Its Mind
4. Tequilia And Chocolate
5. Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing
9. What Now
11. Down The Tube
12. Legalize It
John Scofield-guitar; Larry Goldings-piano, Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer, vibes; Willie Weeks-bass & Ampeg baby bass; Steve Jordan-drums, cocktail drums, tambourine, background vocals
With Special Guests: Warren Haynes-vocals (2,11), bottleneck guitar (11); John Mayer-vocals (2,4), guitars (4); Aaron Neville-vocals (2,12); David "Fathead" Newman-tenor saxophone (2,7); Dr. John-vocals (2,8), piano (8); Mavis Staples-vocals (2,6)
Manolo Badrena-percussion, Spanish speaking; Lisa Fischer-background vocals; Vaneese Thomas-background vocals; Meegan Voss-background vocals; Alex Foster-tenor saxophone; Earl Gardner-trumpet; Howard Johnson-baritone saxophone; Keith O'Quinn-trombone.
2. What'd I Say
3. Sticks And Stones
4. I Don't Need No Doctor
5. Cryin' Time
6. I Can't Stop Loving You
7. Hit The Road Jack
8. Talkin' 'Bout You/I Got A Woman
9. Unchain My Heart (Part 1)
10. Let's Go Get Stoned
11. Night Time Is The Right Time
12. You Don't Know Me
13. Georgia On My Mind
John Scofield-electric guitar,guitar samples; Avi Bortnick-rhythm guitar,samples,loops; Andy Hess-bass; Adam Deitch-drums
2. Watch Out For Po-Po
4. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
5. I'm Listening
7. Four On The Floor
8. Like The Moon
9. Freakin' Disco
10. Born In Troubled Times
11. Every Night Is Ladies Night
John Scofield-electric + acoustic guitars; David Livolsi-bass; Eric Kalb-drums; Johnny Durkin-congas; Johnny Alemandra-percussion; Mark De Gli Antoni-keyboard sampler; Tony Scherr-bass; Kenny Wollesen-drums; Chris Wood-bass
1. Three Sisters
3. Beep Beep
5. Groan Man
9. We Are Not Alone
11. Drop and Roll
12. Kilgeffen (Reprise)
John Scofield-guitar; Billy Drewes-flute; Dennis Irwin-bass; Don Alias-percussion; Howard Johnson-bass clarinet, bax, tuba; Idris Muhammad-drums; Larry Goldings-organ,piano; Randy Brecker-trumpet, flugelhorn; Steve Turre-tuba
3. Let The Cat Out
5. Old Soul
6. Groove Elation
8. Soft Shoe
9. Let It Shine
10. Big Top
John Scofield-guitar; Pat Metheney-guitar; Steve Swallow-bass; Bill Stewart-drums
1. I Can See Your House From Here
2. The Red One
3. No Matter What
4. Everybody's Party
5. Message To My Friend
6. No Way Jose
7. Say The Brother's Name
9. Quiet Rising
10. One Way To Be
11. You Speak My Language
John Scofield-guitar; Anthony Jackson-bass; Billy Hart-drums; Dave Liebman-sax; Eddie Gomez-bass; Kenny Kirkland-keys; Sammy Figueroa-percussion; Steve Jordan-drums; 4 tunes from Bar Talk w/S. Swallow, A. Nussbaum
1. Looks Like Meringue
3. The Beatles
5. Who's Who?
6. How The West Was Won
7. Beckon Call*
8. New Strings Attached*
9. How To Marry A Millionaire*
10. Fat Dancer*
John will also be at the All Good Music Festival at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. The festival runs July 18 - 21.
Gathering of the Vibes includes two nights of legendary Phil Lesh & Friends, featuring John among others. Find a full line-up here. Looking forward to a fun time!
March and April Tour Dates!
March dates in Europe (Organic Trio with Larry Goldings and Greg Hutchinson) and April dates in the U.S. (the Hollowbody Band with Mike Stern, Bill Stewart, and Ben Street) have been added to the tour page.
Video of the New Year's Eve Überjam
If you missed Sco's New Year's Eve performance at Berklee or just want to re-live it, the video is now available to watch on NPR.org.
Toast of the Nation LIVE First Night Boston
Listen LIVE to the John Scofield Überjam
at Berklee Performance Center, thanks to 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio. Visit the WBGO website to listen starting at 9 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 31st or check your local station for broadcast availability.
Jazz on the Mountain
Join Sco for ScoJam at Jazz on the Mountain 2013. WBGO's Michael Bourne hosts Jazz on the Mountain, with an outstanding roster of performers, January 18-21, 2013 at Mohonk Mountain House, a national historic landmark resort 90 miles north of New York City. For more information and to make reservations, visit the Mohonk Mountain House website.
A Conversation with John Scofield
Sco discusses his career, his affection for the music of Ray Charles, and what keeps him inspired with David Gerard of Boston Rock Music Examiner while in Boston (September 2012).
An Interview with Sco on Australian Radio National: The Music Show
The John Scofield Hollowbody Band w. Kurt Rosenwinkel (gui), Ben Street (b) & Bill Stewart just finished rehearsals in New York City yesterday, and is about to hit the roads of Europe for a tour that takes them to the countries of: Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Spain, France, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Georgia and Switzerland – altogether 20 dates from June 29 to July 24! You can find all the dates here.
Here’s the official description of the project: “The Hollowbodies project offers Scofield the chance to play with one of today’s great guitarists, Kurt Rosenwinkel, joined by Bill Stewart on drums and Ben Street on bass. The guitar has a huge tonal pallet and the Hollowbodies employ that pallet times doubly featuring Scofield`s arrangements for the ensemble and the orchestral possibilities of guitars, bass violin and percussion. It`s a big band! The music is neither through-composed or a hot licks contest! Improvisation is the key ingredient as always and the real magic comes in the interplay”.
The band will perform originals by John, mostly, as well as some originals by other band members as well as a few standards. We bet jazz & guitar fans will have a ball in Europe this summer! If you catch a show then please send us your impressions!
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An Interview on French Website StarStory
French website StarStory.fr features an interview with John about A Moment's Peace.
MSMW Live -- IN STORES NOW
MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind is a live collection of twelve tracks culled from the 2006 MSMW tour and features music from Scofield’s A Go Go and MSMW’s OUT LOUDER.
An Interview with Premier Guitar
On the heels of his latest album, A Moment’s Peace, Premier Guitar caught up with Sco to discuss his approach to ballads, the secret to playing slow and his favorite ballad performances. Read the interview at PremierGuitar.com.
An Interview at JamBands.com
Relix Magazine catches up with Scofield before he takes his quartet on the road in the United States for a one month trek which begins on October 18. Read the interview at JamBands.com.
"Guitar Heads...I'd like to alert you to the formidable talents of guitar repair/mod man Steve Berger. I've been looking for a 50's Gibson 175, like Jim Hall used to play, to use with acoustic bands/solo etc. Steve showed me his modified Howard Roberts model and in short, I had to have it. Only a few times have I fallen for an instrument so completely (but this love for the new guitar does not in any way diminish my commitment to my steady companion Ibanez AS200). You may know that 70's Gibsons are not thought highly of but Steve works magic on guitars! He's in NYC. His phone is 646.529.1128, email: steveberger @ nyc.rr.com. And he can really play too!" — JS
John Scofield Song Will Be Sold Via the Patagonia Music Collective with Net Proceeds Going to PAN
The Patagonia Music Collective brings together musicians, fans, and grassroots environmental groups. Artists, such as John Scofield, have donated unreleased tracks that will be sold for $.99 with net proceeds going directly to the artist’s favorite environmental group. Scofield and Patagonia have joined together to benefit Pesticide Action Network. With any purchase of “How Deep” for $.99 via the Patagonia Music Collective, net proceeds will go directly to Pesticide Action Network — North America.
For more information, including a conversation with John about why he supports PAN and a link to purchase "How Deep", visit the Pesticide Action Network website.
3rd Annual PLAYING OUR PARTS Benefit Concert
Joe Lovano and John Scofield team up with Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring together incredible performers in the 3rd annual benefit concert Playing Our Parts at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on February 22, 2011 with sets at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. All artists are donating their services, Jazz at Lincoln Center is donating its venue, and caterer Great Performances is donating the complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wines to raise much-needed revenue for The Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund. We invite the jazz community and music fans to come together in remembrance of jazz bassist Dennis Irwin, who passed away in 2008 due to a serious illness, and in support of all those jazz musicians in need of health care today. This annual benefit event was first held in March 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in honor of Dennis Irwin.
The concert will feature performances by: John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington, Jesse Davis, and more.
See the John Scofield Trio as a part of the 9th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days on 30 October 2010 in Aarhus, Denmark. The network of events is organized by the Daniel Pearl Foundation whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications. You can find out more at danielpearlmusicdays.org.
June brings the release of 6 String Theory
John is featured on the upcoming Lee Ritenour release "6 String Theory" which will be available June 29, 2010. Twenty guitarists (including Scofield and Ritenour) blend "...rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, country and classical" and present "...a seamless project that promises to take the listener on a musical journey and exploration of the guitar." Source: Concord Records
May brings the release of 54 on Emarcy Records
The collaboration heard on 54 had its origins back in the 90's when Vince Mendoza asked John Scofield to play on his first album. John has since been featured on two of Vince’s records and his guitar sound and improvisational skills work well within Vince’s concept. When Mendoza assumed directorship of The Metropole Orchestra, he and Scofield decided to collaborate again with a primary focus on Mendoza’s arrangements of Scofield compositions as performed with The Metropole Orchestra.
"Vince is one of the most creative arrangers today and his sensibilities are perfect for my compositions, " says Scofield. “in addition to Vince’s arrangements, 54 features another pair of Scofield tunes transformed by likeminded arrangers Jim McNeely and Florian Ross. Two classic Mendoza compositions are included to complete the repertoire. “I love playing in this lush setting. This orchestra is unique to any other I know of in its ability to play with a natural jazz feeling," says Scofield. "It’s a thrill to hear my tunes expanded by the orchestral arrangements and Vince’s tunes are modern masterpieces that I truly enjoy interpreting. The other soloists in the Orchestra are excellent as well."
PLAYING OUR PARTS: A Benefit Concert for The Jazz Foundation of America
Tuesday October 6th
7:30pm and 9:30pm
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
New York City
For more details and to reserve your seats CLICK HERE.
The 2nd Annual Benefit Concert will feature musicians: John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Brad Mehldau, Jim Hall, Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, David Williams, Joey DeFrancesco, Matt Penman and Matt Wilson. All artists are donating their services, Jazz at Lincoln Center is donating its venue, and caterer Great Performances is donating the complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wines to raise much-needed revenue for The Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit jazzfoundation.org.
Piety Street Reviews
The New York Times published a review of a recent show at the BB King Blues Club in NYC and AllAboutJazz.com published a review of the CD.
Piety Street -- IN STORES NOW
Listen to audio clips from the album on the music page or watch the Piety Street video documentary below...
Annabelle 12 March 1996 – 21 November 2008
With sadness and the understanding that this is just how things go,
we want to share that Annie (one of the Toogs) passed on to the next realm.
She was much loved, had a great life, and will be missed.
UPDATE — Summer 2008
If you happen to be somewhere in the Pacific in October try to catch a show. Joe Lovano and I have been friends for three decades, he's one of my favorite collaborators and one of the greatest saxophonists ever. We're at it again in several cities across Asia, New Zealand and Australia — coming to a town near you if you happen to live nearby. Joe and I did a lot of playing and recording together in the early 90's and hit again with ScoLoHoFo a few years back. We'll be with the MATT rhythm section — Matt Penman on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.
I'm going back into the studio in September — playing music that will release in March (I think) of 2009. I've always wanted to record and tour a blues project...that's where I started as a guitarist and I'm feeling that music more than ever of late. This is a notion that's been gelling in my mind for decades. I launched a personal search for musical inspiration beyond the standard 12 bar blues and rediscovered "old time gospel" music — the closest relative to and progenitor of the R& B that we all know and love. I've always treasured that music (from a more secular perspective) but never really dug deep into it. My search has led to countless songs that really move me and I realize that this great and heartfelt music remains unheard by most of the world outside of churches here and there. It's really powerful stuff. Hence, the Piety Street Project. Of course, I'll be going at it in my own way. I think my sound is pretty consistent no matter what I'm playing or who I'm playing with. When it comes to music genres — jazz, R&B, funk, and even country music tinges, I love all of it. I don't change my guitar playing from one style to another and if anything, I use all of these musical styles within most of what I do. I'm just shifting the balances for this one. I'm really getting a kick out of playing music with one of my favorite pianists/singer Jon Cleary, the legendary George Porter, Jr and rock-steady Ricky Fataar. In the footsteps of Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia etc, these tunes offer all the swing and blues needed to finally make a true jazz/funk fusion project...and we're having a great time feeling it out. We'll head out on tour in Europe his November, the states in the Spring and back to Europe again Summer 2009.
Shades of Jazz at Katonah Museum of Art
Shades of Jazz returns to the Katonah Museum of Art's Sculpture Garden. The three-part series begins June 11th and features the most recent sensations in the international jazz scene. The event includes complimentary wine and beer; attendees traditionally bring picnic dinners, lawn chairs and blankets. All Shades of Jazz perfomances take place on Wednesdays, beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, see the tour page or the Katonah M of A website.
28 November 1951 – 10 March 2008
Bassist - Friend - Father - Great Guy
The RELIXbandTM Artist Program
Own a RELIXbandTM bracelet, handmade from John's guitar strings. And the best part...all profits from the sale of the bracelets go to charity. Check them out at wearyourmusic.org.
Sam Ash + Vox present VOXtoberfest in New York City
John will be appearing at the Sam Ash store in White Plains, NY on Monday, October 29th and at the NYC Sam Ash Guitar Store Tuesday, October 30th from 7:00 to 8:30pm as part of their VOXtoberfest music promotion. Your chance to meet John and get cool VOXtoberfest giveaways (like the t-shirt pictured here).
Click here for a map to the NYC store or click here for a map to the White Plains location.
THIS MEETS THAT released Sept 18
John's first project for the Emarcy label, THIS MEETS THAT, was released on September 18. The Trio includes bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. Joining them is a four-part horn section. One track features guitarist Bill Frisell. OrderTHIS MEETS THAT now!
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood's OUT LOUDER will be released by Universal Music Group in Japan on April 4 and in Europe on April 16. A bonus disc will accompany the album, featuring live MSMW recordings from their November 2006 performance at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. MSMW will tour in Europe summer 2007.
Grammy Nomination for Trio Beyond
Trio Beyond's SAUDADES was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Also nominated in this category were Ornette Coleman's Sound Grammar, Chick Corea's The Ultimate Adventure, Kenny Garrett's Beyond the Wall, and Sonny Rollins' Sonny Please. Chick Corea won the Grammy.
The 49th Grammy Awards were presented February 11, 2007.
Summer 2007: Shades of Jazz at Katonah Museum of Art
John is hosting a summer series called Shades of Jazz at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY. Early concerts will be held in the sculpture garden.