Howard Assembly Room
The Howard Assembly Room is temporarily closing its doors for our major Music Works redevelopment, reopening in 2020 with more thrilling music and performance in the heart of Leeds.
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Legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield has influenced the genre since the late 70s. In this rare solo appearance – the only UK date on his tour – he gives free rein to his distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, encompassing post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B.
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 and recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh.
“After playing guitar for 56 years, I’m finally interested in going it alone and exploring the possibilities. It’s taken me decades to realise that I’ve been playing unaccompanied guitar at home or in hotel rooms every day since 1962! I’ve put a lot of thought in lately to how I can present an evening of solo guitar that represents my passions and sensibilities. My idea is to keep it song based, playing jazz, country and rock tunes that I love as well as some of my original compositions. I plan to employ my Looper pedal occasionally when I want to play over myself. I’ve been preparing for nearly a year, working my brain in new directions while looking forward to these shows with excitement and a small bit of trepidation. I hope you enjoy being on this journey with me.“