John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.
Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.
Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.
For over twenty years, composer/guitarist / vocalist Josh Pearson has created a growing network and fanbase in the jam band culture. As founding member of Moving Matter, A Live One, Touch of Trey & HeartByrne, Josh brings an uplifting element of surprise with his playful and melodic improvisation.
Spanning from Vermont’s Higher Ground to ACL Live’s Moody Theater, Josh has played many iconic venues such as the Tobin Center in San Antonio, Granada Theater in Dallas & the Fox Theater in Boulder. Sharing the stage with Little Feat, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks & Keller Williams, among others, Josh has enjoyed playing several prominent music festivals including Phases of The Moon, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, Euphoria & South By Southwest.
Josh Pearson strives to change the world, one note at a time with his pop jam-style music. His catchy pop songs, reminiscent of John Mayer & Eric Clapton, lend way to funky, jazzy improvisation heavily influenced by his love for Phish & the Grateful Dead.
Pearson continues to write and record new material while consistently building his brand and online presence. With hundreds of shows and thousands of hours of playing, Josh has become an outstanding artist.