Happy Birthday To Wilton’s John Scofield

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John Scofield turns 62 on Thursday.

Wilton, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Wilton’s John Scofield!

Scofield, who has owned a home in Wilton, turns 62 on Thursday.

John Scofield, the jazz-rock guitarist and composer, was born Dec. 26, 1951, in  Dayton, Ohio.

Scofield, often referred to as "Sco," first joined the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band and later recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976, He is also well versed in jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, rock and other forms of modern American music.

He released his first album, "John Scofield," in 1977. Around this time, he toured and recorded with pianist Hal Galper, first on his own solo album "Rough House" in 1978, and Galper's album "Ivory Forest" (1980). He has released as leader and co-leader many albums likes "Blue Matter," "Flat Out," "What We Do," "Überjam,"

"Up All Night," "Piety Street" and "Überjam Deux."

He  has also played and collaborated with Miles Davis, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Joey DeFrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Pat Martino, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin & Wood, George Duke, Jaco Pastorius, John Mayer and many other well-known artists.

In 1998, he received the Miles Davis Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Jazz Department at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education.

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