Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival and Signature SeriesJohn Scofield's Country for Old Men
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John Scofield '73 brings his lifelong love of American country music out of his toolbox to share with his jazz audiences in his Country for Old Men project. Scofield approaches classic country melodies, performing with several of his closest musical associates from the jazz community: Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart, and Larry Goldings. In Scofield’s words, “We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into jazz vehicles. Rather than go to Nashville and record with ‘real’ country players in a country style, I’m joining forces with my jazz cronies to play the songs with our jazz approach. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character, and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved country music and am super-excited to put my treatment of them into play.” Sco and company will sculpt jazz renditions of classic tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page, and even Shania Twain to name a few.