John Scofield is an American jazz-rock guitarist and composer whose music includes bebop, jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, and rock. Moreover, he has worked with Miles Davis, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Joey DeFrancesco. Likewise, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Palmieri, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Pat Martino. Similarly, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin. And Wood, George Duke, Jaco Pastorius, John Mayer, Robert Glasper, and Gov’t Mule.
Scofield’s family left Ohio and moved to Wilton, Connecticut, where he discovered his interest in music. Educated at the Berklee College of Music, Scofield left school to record with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. He joined the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band soon after and spent two years playing, recording, and touring with them. He recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976 and replaced Pat Metheny in Gary Burton’s quartet.
In 1976 Scofield signed with Enja, which released his first album, John Scofield, in 1977. He recorded with pianist Hal Galper on Rough House in 1978 and then on Galper’s album Ivory Forest (1980), where he played a solo rendition of “Monk’s Mood” by Thelonious Monk. Since 1979 he formed a trio with his mentor Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum which, with drummer Bill Stewart replacing Nussbaum, became the signature group of Scofield’s career.
In 1982, he joined Miles Davis, with whom he remained for three and a half years. He contributed tunes and guitar to three of Davis’s albums, Star People, Decoy, and You’re Under Arrest. After he left Davis, he released Electric Outlet (1984) and Still Warm (since 1985)
He started what is referred to as his Blue Matter Band, with Dennis Chambers on drums, Gary Grainger on bass, and Mitchel Forman, Robert Aries, or Jim Beard on keyboards. The band released the albums Blue Matter, Loud Jazz and Pick Hits Live. Marc Johnson formed Bass Desires with Peter Erskine, and Bill Frisell. This “most auspicious [pairing] since John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana” recorded two albums, Bass Desires (since 1986) and Second Sight (since 1987).
- Full Name: John Scofield
- Nick Name: Sco
- Date of Birth: December 26, 1951
- Age: 68
- Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
- Genres: Jazz, jazz fusion, acid jazz
- Occupation(s): Musician, composer
- Instruments: Guitar
- Years active: since 1970s–present
- Labels: Enja, Gramavision, Blue Note, Verve, EmArcy
- Spouse: Susan Scofield (m. 1978)
- Music groups: Medeski Martin & Wood, Phil Lesh and Friends (2006 – 2006)
- Net Worth: $2 million
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