About John Scofield
This virtuously talented jazz-rock guitar player and composer holds a staggering potpourri of musical accomplishments. He has worked with the crème de la crème of well-known artists, and reigns the world of both bebop, jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, rock and many other forms of modern music.
Scofield's interest in music initially began when his family moved to the small suburban locations of Wilton, Connecticut. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and when he eventually left school he started recording with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. In 1976, after two years of performing and recording with the Billy Cobham/George Duke band, he replaced Pat Matheny in Gary Burton's quartet. In autumn 1976, he signed a contract with Enja Records and released his first album, 'John Scofield', in 1977 - the first of many records to come.
Ever since the beginning of his musical journey, Scofield has been collaborating with legendary musicians such as Miles Davis, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Joe Defrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Pat Matheny, Bill Frisell, Pat Martino, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin & Wood, George Duke, Jaco Pastorius, John Mayer and many more. He has been leading his own groups in the international jazz scene as well, and his discography holds a vast repertoire of over 30 different albums.
Touring approximately 200 days a year, John is armed with a very specific weaponry of instruments. Whether recording or performing live on stage, John always brings his personal rack of Ibanez guitars. He is an endorser of Ibanez, and he even based the Ibanez signature model, the JSM100, on his life-long brother in arms, the 1981 Ibanez AS200, which he believes to be one of the best semi-acoustics ever built.
John runs his guitars into a Pro Co RAT through Vox AC30 with top boost, and his arsenal of effect-stomp-boxes includes the awesome Hall of Fame Reverb TonePrint pedal from TC. Furthermore, he relies on the very cool TC PolyTune to always keep his guitars armed and ready.