John Scofield Trio featuring Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, Mon. Sept. 17, 2012


John Scofield Trio featuring Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart
Monday, September 17, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz
9:0o PM: 1/2 Price Night for Students

“…[a] proper blend of grace and grit.” – New York Times

 John Scofields guitar mastery has been a jazz mainstay since the late 70’s and shows no signs of slowing down.  A masterful improviser, his music crosses many genres and can fall anywhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R&B.  He’s recorded over 30 albums (including some modern classics) as a leader and as a collaborator with the likes of Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau and many others. This trio performance features long-time band-mates Steve Swallow on bass and Bill Stewart on drums.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield began his journey on the guitar at age 11, when he became inspired by both rock and blues players.  Eventually attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Scofield kick-started his career with a debut recording featuring Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker.  In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus and joined the Gary Burton quartet, along with beginning his own illustrious career as a bandleader.

Kicking his budding renown into even higher gear, Scofield proceeded to record and tour with Miles Davis consistently from 1982-1985.  Since that time he’s gone on to new heights with his own bands and continues to tour approximately 200 dates a year, presenting groups ranging in style from straight-ahead jazz, to New Orleans R&B, to funk.  But no matter how many genres Scofield skips across, he always comes back to the jazz trio and states: “I think it’s home for me, just to play straight-ahead jazz.  I like to mix it up with some of my originals…but it’s very comforting for me to play in ‘the tradition.’”

His newest record is 2011’s A Moment’s Peace and is a beautiful collection of original ballads and standards.  It showcases the guitarist’s softer side, with a trio band augmented by organist Larry Goldings.   Not only is returning to the jazz trio format a sort of homecoming for Scofield, but so is returning to the Kuumbwa stage, where Scofield has brought numerous groups to and appeared on countless times over the years.  As he says “the Kuumbwa audience always brings out the best in us…I love playing there…the room itself has some vibrations that set up the creative process.  The best place to hear jazz is in a club, I’m sure of that…and I can’t wait to get back there.”

John Scofield Trio featuring Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart

DATE: Monday, September 17, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 & 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door; 9:00 PM 1/2 Price Night for Students
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Susan Scofield

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