John Scofield Jazz Quartet – Monday, October 24

John Scofield Jazz Quartet

Featuring Michael Eckroth, Ben Street, Greg Hutchinson

Monday, October 24

“John Scofield has a unique voice on the guitar…and it’s matched by no other.” –

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz 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 scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, and many others. This straight-ahead inception of Scofield will include Michael Eckroth – piano, Ben Street – bass, and Greg Hutchinson – drums.

Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1951, John Scofield spent most of his childhood in rural Connecticut, discovering a love of music at an early age. After attending the Berklee School of music in Boston, he landed a job playing with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. From there on, he embarked on a continuous musical journey, playing with the biggest names in jazz; names such as Billy Cobham, George Duke, and Charles Mingus. He released his first solo recording, John Scofield in 1977 (Enja), eventually joining Miles Davis on three consecutive albums, and (while still with Davis) releasing two more albums (as leader) under his own name At the end of his tenure with Davis, he began what is now referred to as his Blue Matter Band, which released three albums. He spent the first half of the nineties with Blue Note Records, forming a quartet that included Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette with whom he recorded several important albums: Time on My Hands (1990), showcasing Scofield’s guitar and Mingus-influenced writing. Bill Stewart subsequently replaced DeJohnette as the group’s drummer on Meant To Be (1991) and What We Do (1993) Towards the end of his tenure with Blue Note, Scofield returned to a more funk and soul jazz-oriented sound, a direction which has dominated his subsequent output, including experiments with drum n bass and collaborating with experimental groups such as Medeski, Martin, and Wood.

Scofield and Kuumbwa Jazz have become inseparable. Now that he is one of the handful of visages in the mural presiding over last year’s completed Jazz Alley, it just wouldn’t seem right to Kuumbwa audiences if Scofield didn’t fit one of his routine stops into the Kuumbwa schedule – almost always supporting a new project – and this time it is a quartet, featuring a set of straight-ahead jazz tunes, which comes as little surprise for one so at ease in the bebop idiom.



John Scofield Jazz Quartet

Featuring Michael Eckroth, Ben Street, Greg Hutchinson


DATE: Monday, October 24, 2011

PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center

ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

TIMES: 7:00 & 9:00 PM

PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Jazztix or Comps

TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:

MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227


Media contact:

Sandy Sloan

Kuumbwa Jazz

(831) 427-2227


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