As the timeless guitar master celebrates his 66th birthday with his latest album and a tour, there is only one thing to expect from his performance: excellence.
With his name written in letters of gold in the music history thanks to his collaborations with legendary names of the jazz world and his magnificent albums of different genres such as rock, funk and gospel since the 70s, John Scofield is a rare musician who literally qualifies for the word “virtuoso”.
A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music like many other legends, he was rewarded an “Honorary Doctorate of Music” degree from the same school in 1997. Having played in the orchestrates of legends like Chet Baker, Charles Mingus and Gary Burton during the first years of his career, Scofield released his first solo album with the label Enja Records in 1977. His nearly half-century-long career would require a booklet of its own if we were to name all the albums that he participated in and the bands he led. The virtuoso has so far won 3 Grammy Awards in Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo categories. The album Combo 66, released last year to mark the 66th birthday of the living legend, presents sounds from a large spectrum, including post-pop, rock, swinging blues, soul-jazz, and funk with an ingenious scheme.
Known for his superior technique along with his unique musical language, eclectic style, contagious energy, and unforgettable melodies, Scofield will honor Zorlu PSM Turkcell Platinum Stage in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Turkey on the occasion of Combo 66 album tour, together with his long-time drummer Bill Stewart as well as newcomers Gerald Clayton (piano) and Vicente Archer (bass) who also played in Combo 66.
“It’s hard to play something that means something and that’s simple. If everybody could do it, they would. A lot of people study their whole lives to play complicated music, and they need to do that because they can’t play simply.”
John Scofield - 2017
guitar • jazz • funk • rock