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John Scofield's four-decade-plus career encompasses nearly every guitar style without blurring the jazz core of his oeuvre. Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Medeski Martin & Wood all figure prominently. Combo 66 – Gerald Clayton (k), Vicente Archer (b), and Bill Stewart (d) – anchors his first local gig since a 2005 Antone's stop-in. Catch them Friday at Mohawk.

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist, band leader and composer, released an album with the same name wuth the same players through Verve Records, Combo 66, marking his 66th birthday which features new modes of jazz crossover expression. Scofield has been on a serious roll since 2015, when his release, Past Present, earned a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. He followed the release with the 2016 album Country For Old Men, which earned him two Grammy Awards for both "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" and "Best Improvised Jazz Solo ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry")." 

"If you can't have fun with the music, let's go home," Scofield says, alluding to his working credo. "I am so deadly serious about jazz, but the fact of the matter is jazz only works if you are relaxed and don't give a shit. If you try too hard it doesn't work. Humor really helps me to get to a better place with music."

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