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John Scofield (born December 26, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio) is a jazz guitarist and composer, who played and eventually collaborated with Miles Davis. At ease in the bebop idiom, John Scofield is also well acquainted with R&B and blues styles.

John Scofield's latest album, Out Louder, was released in September 2006. The album is a collaborative effort with jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood. John Scofield has worked with many musicians over his career playing as a guest performer on recordings for artists including Herbie Hancock, Marc Johnson, Roy Haynes and John Ellis. He has also been a member of various jazz fusion bands over the years.

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Early on in life, John Scofield's family relocated to the small, mostly rural location of Wilton, Connecticut; it was here that he discovered his interest in music. Educated at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, John Scofield eventually joined jazz fusion groups, playing with the likes of Billy Cobham. He recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976, and replaced Pat Metheny in Gary Burton's quartet. In autumn 1976 he signed a contract with Enja Records, and he released his first album East Meets West in 1977. In 1979 he formed a trio with Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. He later joined Miles Davis, with whom he remained until 1985. While still with Davis, he released the Electric Outlet in 1984. Still Warm followed in 1985, after he left Davis's group.

At the beginning of the 1990s, John Scofield formed a quartet with Joe Lovano with whom he recorded several important albums for Blue Note Records. The album, Time on My Hands, released in 1990 and recorded with Lovano, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette, showcased John Scofield's guitar and Mingus-influenced writing. Bill Stewart subsequently became the group's drummer, and played on the albums Meant To Be (1991) and What We Do (1993). In 1992, John Scofield released Grace Under Pressure, featuring fellow guitarist Bill Frisell, with Charlie Haden on bass and Joey Baron on drums. Stewart was back in the drum chair for the 1994 collaboration with Pat Metheny, I Can See Your House From Here.

Towards the end of his tenure with Blue Note, John Scofield returned to a more funk- and soul jazz-oriented sound, a direction which has dominated much of his subsequent output. At this time, he also started performing with various jambands, and even performed with DJ Logic to cover Phish's "Cars Trucks Buses", on Sharin in the Groove (2001).

John Scofield is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Jazz Department at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education. He is endorsed by Ibanez guitars. His signature guitar, the JSM100, is based on his longtime stage and recording guitar, a 1981 Ibanez AS200 (a model based on Gibson's ES-335) and, according to him, one of the best semi-acoustics ever built.