Today All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence continues our Off the Road series of interviews with musicians sharing how the pandemic and other crises have touched them.
John Scofield has earned a place in the world of jazz guitar over a career that began decades ago when he started performing professionally while still a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He went on to be part of the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band, record with Charles Mingus, be part of Miles Davis’ band, and work with members of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band, among numerous others.
Swallow Tales is John’s new album exploring the music of his friend and mentor of nearly 50 years, bassist/songwriter Steve Swallow, who he met all those years ago at Berklee. During our interview, John shares the story of their friendship’s evolution. He also talks about the impact the pandemic has had on his tour plans, and offers some insight on what the very uncertain future might bring for returning to the road. John took time to share some personal interactions with some of the music luminaries we’ve lost during the pandemic, like Ellis Marsalis and Manu Dibango.
John also took time to discuss the Black Lives Matter / police reform movements.
Hear some of the new album:
Hear the complete new interview:
See a live project John worked on at the start of the pandemic with Medeski, Martin and Murphy:
See John's 2016 interview with Dave: