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Friday November 27, 2015

From The Post and Courier

Jazz Greats John Scofield & Jon Cleary Team up For Night of New Orleans R&B
By: Abigail Darlington

If you’re a jazz fan in Charleston, you already have plenty to be thankful for. But this week especially, there’s a few more things to toss on the list.

On Tuesday, the Pour House is hosting a rare local performance by guitar virtuoso John Scofield who’s playing with the New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary on their first duet tour together along the East Coast.

Scofield has dedicated his life to jazz music, learning his instrument at age 11 in suburban Connecticut.

After studying music at Berklee College of Music, he hopped around a few different bands led by prominent musicians such as Charles Mingus and Gary Burton. The ultimate resume-builder came in the mid-’80s, when he toured and recorded with Miles Davis.

Since then, Scofield has developed a reputation for versatility, collaborating with jazz legends including Bill Frisell and Herbie Hancock, experimental jazz-rockers such as Medeski, Martin and Wood, and even jam band greats such as Phil Lesh and Warren Haynes.

In the meantime, he’s led countless bands and recorded more than 30 albums, one of them being the off-the-beaten-path gospel album called “Piety Street,” released in 2009. That’s where Cleary first came into the picture.

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