John Scofield Album/Tour


John Scofield
A principal innovator of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. From early on, his versatility and technical mastery won him sideman gigs with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Cobham/Duke among many. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence dedicated to the finest in jazz tradition.

Scofield is proud to release his 36th solo album, Piety Street, which will be available March 31 on Emarcy. It's a blues inflected album with an adapted gospel repertoire.

"I've always wanted to record and tour a blues project," says Scofield. "That's where I started as a guitarist and I'm feeling that music more than ever of late. I launched a personal search for musical inspiration beyond the standard 12 bar blues and found it in "old time gospel" music - the closest relative to and inspiration for the R&B that we all love. I've always treasured Gospel but never really dug deep into it. My search led to countless songs that really move me. It's really powerful stuff. Of course, it will be Gospel done my way - all the arrangements are mine."

Joining Scofield on Piety Street are the spectacular musicians, Jon Cleary (piano, keyboards and vocals), George Porter Jr. (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), John Boutt(vocals) and Shannon Powell (percussion).

Track highlights include Dorothy Love Coates' "That's Enough," the Tommy Dorsey classics, "Never Turn Back" and "Old Ship Of Zion," Rev. James Cleveland's "Something's Got A Hold On Me," and the traditional "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child."

Tour Dates:

Piety Street Band with Jon Cleary, Ricky Fataar, and George Porter, Jr.

4/2 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
4/3 Regattabar, Cambridge, MA
4/4 Regattabar, Cambridge, MA
4/5 B.B. King's Blues Club, New York, NY
4/10 Kuumbwa Jazz Center (2 shows), Santa Cruz, CA
4/11 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA
4/12 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
4/13 Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
4/14 Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
4/16 The Pour House, Charleston, SC
4/17 The Handlebar, Greenville, SC
4/18 Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
4/19 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC

Piety Street Band with Jon Cleary, Ricky Fataar, and Donald Ramsey
4/21 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
4/22 State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
4/23 8 x 10, Baltimore, MD
4/24 McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ
4/25 Tri-C Festival, Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH
4/27 Jazz at the Sheraton, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT
4/28 Hodi's Half Note, Fort Collins, CO
4/29 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
5/1 Jazz & Heritage Festival Blues Tent, The Fairgrounds, 5:30, New Orleans, LA

Summer European tour dates will be added shortly.

[Published on: 2/3/09]

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URTH2URTH starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 10:02AM
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sweeet i love this guy. i'll be at the cleveland show fo sho. 36 solo albums is a lot.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 10:04AM
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Conjugal Burning

Niiice.. imagine if the Dead would have picked Scofield?? I know Billy has got the jazz chops, and the new interpretation of classic tGD songs would be illmatic. im just dreaming

ClaysTribe starstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 10:08AM
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i fell more excited about this than phishy

KissTheSnake starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 10:29AM
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Scofield is the man! Wish He'd play with Phil again.

I'll be at the Greenville show!

Dankstar starstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 10:32AM
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Sweet wish he could be backing Miles, but hey this is still great.

Greatwaves Tue 2/3/2009 11:04AM
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that cleveland show is gonna be so tight, that playhouse is reålly nice...and the acoustics are down right nasty.. ani difranco s playing the next night in cleve... LBJ baby

PHISHPHAN69 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 11:08AM
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old news, but i still cant wait to see him not to mention that jon mclaughlin and chick corea are gonna be at the variety a month before whoo!

little womanski starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 11:50AM
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little womanski

what crap. I can't believe that the one time this spring that there is actually a sweet show that doesn't bypass the Raleigh-durham-chapel hill area, its at some crappy playhouse that is charging twice as much as any of the other venues for tickets. $40?? come on.

Jokerman starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 11:59AM
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I agree ConBurning and KissTheSnake, Scofield with the dead or even phil would be a better stylistic approach. i've seen him with phil a couple times and he mesh's great with dead tunes, better that warren's southern style. both great guitarists but scofield a better two cents...

weenhead420 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 12:12PM
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Can't wait for this tour. I will get to see Charleston and Atlanta, so I can watch both bands! SWEET thanks JOHN!

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 12:43PM
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The European shows with this band were phenomenal. But I have to tell you, he was a snooze when he played with Phil Lesh.

NJW starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 12:44PM
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You guys don't have the singers name right. It's John Boutte.

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nice, I love me some blues.

porter and cleary are legends..

good idea JS!!! keep it up dude.

mario2986 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 02:41PM
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drbell Tue 2/3/2009 03:29PM
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oh wonderful. the 2 night boston run is the same night as the moe. 2 night boston run! goddammit. 3rd time in 3 days i've gotten excited for a show then found i have a pre-exisiting concert conflict.

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 04:04PM
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Scofield is the man, favorite guitarist of all time. Too bad the album has vocals, I feel that sco can say far more with his guitar than any gospel singer could ever do.

But, I will be there with bells on. cant wait. SCO!

frinkazoid star Tue 2/3/2009 04:35PM
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WTF!!! Greenville SC that place is the armpit of the south...bring that shit to Asheville where there will actually be people interested in this great tour.

audiojosh Tue 2/3/2009 05:03PM
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jumped out of my seat when i saw this! not sure about those vocals tho, i guess il have to check out #36

yemmw starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 06:11PM
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sco rules. check out miles' star people for some bad shit with him and mike stern, marcus miller, al foster, et al. his last one, this meets that, was a really solid swingin album with steve swallow and bill stewart and some saucy horn arrangents. sco and gospel sounds like peanut butter and jelly.

NJW Tue 2/3/2009 10:10PM
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You should wait till you hear what the vocals sound like before you judge. John Boutte is no ordinary signer. He's for real.

Mr_McDankenstein Wed 2/4/2009 01:23AM
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he's taking off on 4-20

ambrosiajam starstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 10:55AM
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hey cojungal burning, he did play with the dead for a number of select shows.

just thought i'd throw that out to ya

moephreys Wed 2/4/2009 02:01PM
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no bob and john are to different. and that would have made the dead so much different from what they are. it would be sick but im glad they picked bob

moephreys Wed 2/4/2009 02:02PM
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msm&w @ summer camp music festival in chillicothe illinois major scofield jams

RambleOnShelbyRose Thu 2/5/2009 08:12AM
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MSMW at mnt jam was tight. this dude is sick, also rocked the house w/ phil the year before

BBFCFM515 Fri 2/6/2009 10:29AM
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i saw him with phil in 06' too, one of the sickest phil shows i have ever seen. i was bumed out last year @ langerado when he played with MMW and didnt play with phil. oh well MSMW is sick too.