13 Facts About John Scofield


John Scofield first came to mainstream attention in the band of Miles Davis, and has toured and recorded with many prominent jazz artists, including saxophonists Eddie Harris, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano; keyboardists George Duke, Joey DeFrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Larry Goldings and Robert Glasper; fellow guitarists Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Pat Martino and Bill Frisell; bassists Marc Johnson and Jaco Pastorius; and drummer Billy Cobham and Dennis Chambers.


John Scofield was born in Ohio but, when he was still a baby, his family moved to Wilton, Connecticut, where he discovered his interest in music.


John Scofield recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976 and replaced Pat Metheny in Gary Burton's quartet.


John Scofield recorded with pianist Hal Galper on Rough House in 1978 and then on Galper's album Ivory Forest, where he played a solo rendition of "Monk's Mood" by Thelonious Monk.


John Scofield contributed tunes and guitar to three of Davis's albums, Star People, Decoy, and You're Under Arrest.


John Scofield 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.


At the beginning of the 1990s, John Scofield formed a quartet that included Joe Lovano with whom he recorded several albums for Blue Note.

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In 1992, John Scofield released Grace Under Pressure, featuring guitarist Bill Frisell, with Charlie Haden on bass and Joey Baron on drums.


John Scofield appeared as a soloist on Turnage's Blood on the Floor: Elegy for Andy.


John Scofield released Uberjam in 2002 and Up All Night in 2003, two albums on which he experimented with drum and bass.


Scofield performed in a duo with John Medeski named The Johns and in a trio with Medeski and drummer Adam Deitch.


John Scofield recorded music inspired by gospel on the 2009 album Piety Street with Jon Cleary and George Porter Jr.


John Scofield has been an adjunct faculty member in the Jazz Department in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.