It’s often said that history repeats itself but in the instance of making music, a reunion of two performers will not necessarily bring about the sounds of their collective past. Grammy-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano and the equally lauded guitarist/composer John Scofield are preparing another turn together in the public eye. One of the most popular groups of the early 1990’s, the satisfying musical coalition of Joe Lovano and John Scofield kept their mutual fans waiting almost 20 years for their reunion until 2008 when the two masters reconvened for a critical and commercially acclaimed tour of Asia and Australia. Every audience on their 2008 tour enjoyed the next level in their partnership – the sum of their collective years of experience, creativity and technique presented with intensity, skill and fun. For 2015/16 Scofield and Lovano will showcase a dynamic new ensemble for their North American fans with Ben Street on bass and Bill Stewart on drums.
John Scofield is considered one of the most important guitarists and composers in jazz. His influence began in the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He has prominently led his own groups in the international jazz and contemporary scenes, recorded over 40 albums as a leader (many already classics) and collaborated with current favorites and jazz legends like Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland and Phil Lesh to name only a few. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind and a variety of audiences in the jazz, rock and classical realms.
Known for both small and large group ensembles, Joe Lovano stands out as one of the most successful saxophonists in Jazz today. 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 Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, the Cleveland native continually challenges and pushes conceptual and thematic choices in his quest for new modes of artistic expression and new definitions of the jazz idiom. He has released 23 celebrated albums on the Blue Note label, including 2008’s Grammy-nominated Symphonica, and the last three focusing on his quintet Us Five.