Wed, 01 January - hours 17:00
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John Scofield returns to Umbria Jazz, on whose stages he has been playing a leading role since the mid-80s (with the band of Miles Davis), and offers the Orvieto public a single performance that is not, for him, a very common event. In addition, of course, to the three dates with The Magic and the Mystery of the Beatles, with arrangements and direction by Gil Goldstein. Scofield's last time at the Umbrian festival was three years ago with a particular trio formula: the other two were Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana. The Ohio guitarist continues to be one of the modern masters of his instrument. And he is certainly one of the most versatile, able to move with ease from post bop to electric jazz, from the reinterpretation of country roots to soul, from blues to R&B. A vision, that of Scofield, that is truly a total sum of American musical heritage. During a long career Scofield has crossed, on tour and in the recording studio, many other protagonists of contemporary jazz: among others, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland. Many of his over thirty albums as leader have become classics, and three have won a Grammy. His solo performance at Umbria Jazz is a rare opportunity to discover a more absorbed and intimate dimension of a great artist who today is considered one of the "big three" virtuosos of the guitar (the other two are Metheny and Frisell) who have emerged in the last part of the twentieth century.