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Wednesday December 02, 2015

From The Mercury Entertainment

John Scofield to Join Jon Cleary for a Taste of the Blues
By: Rob Nagy

A master at bebop, jazz-fusion, funk, blues and rock, guitar legend and composer John Scofield continues to expand his creative reach.

His latest project, a live duo effort with New Orleans based British musician Jon Cleary, delves into the rich history of deep Southern blues.

“I met Jon in the 80’s,” recalls Scofield from his home in Katonah, N.Y. “I’ve been a fan of his for years. We made a record in 2009 called ‘Piety Street,’ which was all gospel music. Jon is a great pianist and singer. He’s actually a Brit from New Orleans, one of the great keepers of the flame in New Orleans piano tradition. He is a real fountain of knowledge and one of the great R&B singers of our time.

“This is a special project,” adds Scofield. “It’s just the two of us. You’ve probably heard of Dr. John. Well, that tradition is coming back as well as the earlier days with Professor Long Hair and people like that. We play a lot of R&B classic music from the 50’s, where a lot of these songs came from. So it’s stuff by Willie Johns, Professor Long Hair, Johnny “Guitar” Watson — songs that we both love, and we do a little music from ‘Piety.’”

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