Guitarist John Scofield Brings "Uberjam" to SOPAC on Saturday 9/21
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • 6:30am
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This Saturday, guitarist John Scofield and his "Uberjam" band will take to the stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). Tickets are still available.
After leading and writing for various jazz combos and more funk-oriented bands in the 80's, and recording and performing with Medeski Martin & Wood in the 90's, Scofield started the Überjam project in 2000.
Once he teamed up with amazing rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, they played with various bass and drum teams searching for the right chemistry. The collective has recorded two cds, the Grammy-nominated "Überjam," and "Up All Night."
The Überjam sound starts with compositions written for Scofielld's lead guitar, Bortnick's funky rhythm guitar and sampled loops fronting the electric bass and drums of Andy Hess and Adam Deitch. The came together again for the May 2013 release of a new album "Überjam Deux," and a worldwide tour, including this stop at SOPAC.
The opportunity to see a master of jazz, funk and improvisation live on stage in such an intimate setting should not be missed. This groups is sure to bring the uber-funk to this uberjam.
About John Scofield
John Scofield's guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.
Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.
Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. 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.
Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband, and father of two.