On Thursday, December 10 at 8pm, the Franklin Theatre will host a stop on the tour of noted jazz guitarist John Scofield and New Orleans/roots/R&B pianist Jon Cleary. The two are longtime friends and admirers of each other’s music, and are touring again as a duo on the heels of a successful European tour last year.
DISCOUNT OFFER: There are still some seats remaining for the show, and our friends at the Franklin Theatre are offering a $10 discount on tickets to members and supporters of TJBS. The ticket link is here and the discount code is “TJBS” (not case sensitive).
You can hear a sample of the duo’s work on the video below. The two had previously worked together on Scofield’s 2009 Piety Street CD (so titled for New Orleans recording studio of that name), a rousing gospel/blues/R&B flavored project. You can hear samples from that CD on John Scofield’s music page.
Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. An artist with fan bases in many camps and forty albums to his credit, he has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. His versatility and technical mastery won him early sideman gigs with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Cobham/Duke among many. Since that time he remains firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer, prominently leading his own groups in the international Jazz scene, his own albums (many already classics) including collaborations with many contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh.
Jon Cleary is known for his salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills, and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. Born in Kent, England in 1964, Cleary steeped in the sounds of American roots music as a child via New Orleans funk and R&B 45s. Venturing to the Crescent City at 17, he quickly earned the respect of local music community. He spent the ’80s gigging as a sideman and bandleader with a rotating cast of New Orleans’ best including members of funk forefathers the Meters and delta-bluesman John Mooney. – Franklin Theatre