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2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio June 27-29, 2019 The year was 1979. Mainstream styles were on the wane and the major labels had largely abandoned jazz product, with the invention of the compact disc some three years in the future. The musical landscape in terms of jazz was nothing like the global commodity it is today. There was no internet and print media and word of mouth were the main avenues for ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2019

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Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 3-5, 2019 The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a government call for projects to commemorate the new millennium, Bray Jazz Festival has earned a reputation in its first two decades as one of ...

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John Scofield: Combo 66

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The dignified portraits of John Scofield on the front and back covers of Combo 66 are at once in keeping with the reference to his age in the album's name and at odds with the youthful vigor he and his bandmates exhibit in playing the music inside this subtly eye-catching package of all new material. No wonder there's no formal credit for production in the liner details. As on “Can't Dance," the musicianship no doubt flowed effortlessly and ...

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John Scofield: Combo 66

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It doesn't seem like thirty one years since this reviewer was first blown away by John Scofield's Blue Matter band in an old, reimagined church in Colchester, England. Three decades and thirty-four more CDs as leader later, Scofield continues to seduce with his virtuosity, his eclecticism and, no matter the setting, that inimitable sound. Combo 66 marks Scofield's sixty-six years, whilst also celebrating a new working group. Sure, Bill Stewart has been collaborating with the multiple Grammy-winning guitarist since the ...

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Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more

Read "Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we fired up the locals for the super John Scofield Baton Rouge concert on October 4th; did a Miles Okazaki/Thelonious Monk compare & contrasts with two of Monk's most challenging compositions; played sax-less Trane covers from guitarist Simone Manunza & Jessica Williams solo at the 88s; and spun some 21st century jazz that caught our fancy. All of that, while Lady J was on the other side of the glass waiting for a slow dance. ...

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John Scofield: Jazz Inspires You To Try Something Different

Read "John Scofield: Jazz Inspires You To Try Something Different" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

In a career that has spanned over several decades with releases that have encompassed various types of musical styles and sounds, guitarist John Scofield has always managed to emphasize the importance of melody by building fragments of hummable tunes around musically abstract compositions. His record Country for Old Men (Impulse!, 2016)--the title is a play on the Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men--is comprised of classic country songs, where he pays tribute to songwriters including George Jones, Hank ...

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John Scofield's Country for Old Men at the Ardmore Music Hall

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John Scofield's Country for Old Men The Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA September 24, 2016 There are probably only are a handful of guitarists with a catalog as deep and stylistically diverse as John Scofield's. One of the obvious perils that these artists encounter when touring is facing an audience with fans from different stages of their careers--with different expectations. Short of doing an exhaustive retrospective every time out, this can almost guarantee a certain ...

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John Scofield: Country for Old Men

Read "John Scofield: Country for Old Men" reviewed by John Kelman

When guitarist Bill Frisell first began a more decided focus on roots music, bluegrass and country & western music with the release of 1996's Nashville (Nonesuch), despite being largely very well-received, jazz purists rankled when the largely bluegrass/folk-informed album began to garner awards like Downbeat Magazine's Best Jazz Album of the Year. While Frisell's oftentimes Americana-tinged work has, in the ensuing years, become more fully accepted for the wonderful music that it is, fellow six-stringer John Scofield is unlikely to ...

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John Scofield: Live

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John Scofield LiveEnja Records1977 After a lengthy hiatus, Rediscovery returns with an album that may not have represented the first time I'd heard John Scofield...but it was certainly the album that cemented my already firm impression that this was a guitarist on whom I'd have to keep a close watch. Nearly forty years later he remains a personal favourite, and while he's released a gaggle of terrific records, including last year's stellar Past Present (Impulse!), ...

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John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Regattabar

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John Scofield and Joe Lovano Regattabar Cambridge, MA September 18, 2015 John Scofield has appeared in so many different musical settings, particularly in the past twenty years, that it is easy to forget that while he is capable of exquisite blues, funk, rock and fusion, it is in the company of perhaps his finest straight-ahead quartet that he burns brightest. Similarly, though tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano has garnered acclaim for decades now ...


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