Photo By Lynne Graves

John Scofield 5PM SHOW!

The Iron Horse (18 Center St., Northampton, MA)


John Scofield 5PM SHOW! at The Iron Horse on Saturday, October 19 2024

Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort:astylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. A triple Grammy award winning artist withmore than 40 recordings to his credit, Scofield has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organjazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music, jam band style and orchestral ensembles with ease andenthusiasm. Nowhe adds yet another credit to his resume: solo guitarist.“My main focus in guitar playing has always centered around being part ofa group; exploring the music that happens whenmusicians listen to each other and improvise together. Quite frankly, until now, I’ve avoided playing solo concerts and beforestarting this endeavor had done only one solo performance in public since I was achild. I still have occasional nightmaresabout playing Greensleeves for my sixth grade class!It gets pretty lonely upthere by yourself and I hadn't considered sologuitar as the perfect platform for improvising. Not to mention that I’m no Segovia either! All that said, after playing guitar for56 years, I’m finally interested in going it alone and exploring the possibilities. It's taken me decades to realize thatI’vebeen playing unaccompanied guitar at home or in hotel rooms every day since 1962! I’ve put a lot of thought in lately tohow I can present an evening of solo guitar that represents my passions and sensibilities. My idea is to keep it song based,playing jazz, country and rock tunes that I love as well as some of my original compositions. Iplan to employ myLooperpedal occasionally when I want to play over myself. I've been preparing for nearly a year, working my brain in new directionswhile looking forward to these shows with excitement and a small bit of trepidation. I hope you enjoy being on this journeywith me.”-JS