Jazz Faculty: John Scofield

Internationally acclaimed NYU Jazz guitar faculty member John Scofield was born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut. At age 11 he began guitar lessons, inspired by both rock and blues players. A local teacher introduced him to Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Pat Martino, which sparked a lifelong love of jazz. John played with a wide variety of jazz greats including Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Billy Cobham/George Duke, Gerry Mulligan, McCoy Tyner, Jim Hall, and Gary Burton. In 1982, he began a three-and-a-half-year tour with Miles Davis. John’s compositions and inimitable guitar work appear on three of Davis’ albums.

John began recording as a leader in the late 1970s, establishing himself as an influential and innovative player and composer. His recordings-many considered jazz classics-include collaborations with Pat Metheny, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Government Mule, and Joe Lovano.

Signing with Verve Records in 1995, John released Quiet in 1996, A Go Go in 1997, Bump in 1999, and Works For Me in 2000.