I’m a big fan of John Scofield.
This blog post is my opportunity to share insights and inspiration from a recent masterclass I checked out of John’s in NYC. Kudos to NYU for presenting this amazing opportunity to learn all about John’s rich musical history and his thoughts on jazz. I give all credit to NYU and David Schroeder for this post and I encourage you to check out the NYU Youtube Page and attend future interview sessions.
John Scofield Clinic: What Did I Learn?
Bigger than facts or quotes I picked up, the things I gained most from this masterclass were my feelings of inspiration and a deeper appreciation of John as a musician and as a human being. To have the opportunity to see one of my all time musical heroes was an incredible opportunity.
Here are two of my favorite quotes from the clinic:
On musicians imitating him
“I’m happy that they (young guitarists) know what I sound like… that means they know that I exist. Therefore I am. I gotta say, I immediately think: why would anybody want to sound like me because I hear the rough edges in my own playing and things i wouldn’t want to do.”
On Jaco Pastorius
“He would come up and say, ‘You know what I’m the best bass player in the world.’ What? You’d think what an ***hole, then he would play and you would say, Oh man I think he’s right. And it wasn’t just chops it was musicality and just playing the instrument in a whole different way.”
I edited the audio of the clinic into specific topics for you, check them out below!