Oshman Family JCC and San Jose Jazz Festival presents: John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet
Genres: modern jazz, straight-ahead
Grammy-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano and the equally lauded guitarist/composer John Scofield are preparing another turn together in the public eye. In one of the most popular groups of the early 1990s, they were heard on Scofield's widely influential Blue Note albums Meant to Be and Time on My Hands. For this tour, Scofield and Lovano showcase a world-class ensemble with bassist Ben Street and Bill Stewart, a veteran of their early collaborations, on drums.
John Scofield is one of the most important guitarists and composers in jazz. His influence began in the late '70s and is still going strong today. Possessor of a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. He has prominently led his own groups in the international jazz and contemporary scenes, recorded over 40 albums as a leader and collaborated with music legends including Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Phil Lesh and Government Mule to name just a few. 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 and a variety of audiences in the jazz, rock and classical realms.
Known for both small and large group ensembles, Joe Lovano stands out as one of the most successful saxophonists in jazz today. He has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and pathfinding force in the arena of creative music. Lovano has earned praise, not just for his compelling saxophone tone and improvisational ability but also for his forward- thinking presentation of new musical ideas and ensemble concepts. From his 2006 album with Gunther Schuller, Streams of Expression, to his work as Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, the Cleveland native continually challenges and pushes conceptual and thematic choices in his quest for new modes of artistic expression and new definitions of the jazz idiom. He has released 23 celebrated albums on the Blue Note label, including 2008's Grammy-nominated Symphonica, with the last three focused on his quintet Us Five.
Re-uniting this group of jazz giants is an enormous honor for San Jose Jazz and without a doubt, is the must-see event of the new year.
John Scofield, guitar
Joe Lovano, saxophones
Ben Street, bass
Bill Stewart, drums
Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano and the equally lauded guitarist John Scofield are preparing another turn together in the public eye. In one of the most popular groups of the early 1990s, they were heard on Scofield's widely influential Blue Note albums Meant to Be and Time on My Hands. Bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart join for this quartet.
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