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John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet
One of the most inventive instrumental groups of the early 1990s to come out of the Miles Davis stable, the collaboration of Grammy-winners guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano kept their mutual fans waiting almost twenty years for their reunion. Finally in 2008, when the two masters reconvened for a critical and commercially acclaimed tour of Asia and Australia, audiences enjoyed the next level in their partnership—the sum of their collective years of experience, creativity and technique presented with intensity, skill and fun. Several years later in 2015, Scofield and Lovano debuted a dynamic new ensemble with Ben Street on bass and Bill Stewart on drums in an unforgettable tour. The same year, Lovano and Stewart were featured on Scofield’s Grammy Award winning album, Past Present.
As one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is an artist with fan bases in many camps, firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer. He 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. His versatility and technical mastery won him sideman gigs early in his career with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, and Cobham and Duke among many others. Scofield has spent the last forty years prominently leading his own groups in the international Jazz scene. His forty-plus albums as a leader, many already classics and many more recordings as a sideman include collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, John Mayer and Phil Lesh. He’s played, toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, among many jazz legends. A three-time Grammy award winner and named an Officier dans L’Ordre des Arts and Lettres by France, at age 65, Scofield feels he’s playing his best and enjoying music more than ever.
Known for both small and large group ensembles, Joe Lovano stands out as one of the most successful saxophonists in jazz today and a living bridge to the icons of the previous generations—performing with everyone from Tony Bennett and Steely Dan to McCoy Tyner and Ornette Coleman. He has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and pathfinding force in the arena of creative music. He 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 work with Gunther Schuller, Streams of Expression, to his work as the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, the Cleveland native continually challenges and pushes the definition of the jazz idiom. He has released twenty-eight celebrated albums as a bandleader, received a Grammy Award for 52nd Street Themes with his Nonet, and has been nominated for fourteen Grammy Awards in all.