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VOA-Jazz America covers John Scofield and new release - Past Present

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Russ Davis takes you backstage to recent festivals and clubs to talk to four of the most popular guitarists in jazz today. You'll hear the thoughts of Pat Metheny & John Scofield backstage at the recent Detroit Jazz Festival, Mike Stern after his performance at the New York City club Birdland and Al Di Meola after receiving the "Miles Davis Award" from the Montreal Jazz Festival along with some of their great music!

GRAMMY-nominated guitarist and bandleader John Scofield has just released - Past Present on Impulse!/Universal Music Classics. The album, picked by the New York Times as one of the highlights of the fall season, is Scofield's first with an update of his "elastic, swinging" (NY Times) early-90's quartet of Joe Lovano, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier (who steps in for Marc Johnson and the late Dennis Irwin).  Here's the full show playlist

21-22 NOVEMBER 2015 - Special  Feature…FOUR CURRENT GUITAR GREATS: PAT, JOHN, MIKE & AL!

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND & NORAH JONES…ruler of my heart (medicated magic)

KENNY BURRELL…salty papa (the road to love)

* Pat Metheny Interview

PAT METHENY & SWR BIG BAND…hommage-edit 2 (hommage a eberhard weber)

PAT METHENY GROUP…American garage (American garage-1979)

ANOUSHKA SHANKAR…lasya (traces of you)

ORAN ETKIN & CHARENEE WADE…after you've gone (what's new: reimagining benny goodman)

* John Scofield Interview

JOHN SCOFIELD…get proud (past present)

CHARLES MINGUS…goodby pork pie hat (1959)

CHICK COREA & GARY BURTON…hot house (hot house)

HOUR TWO...

JAZZ AMERICA...SHOW #1704...21-22 NOVEMBER 2015

JOEY DEFRANCESCO…trip mode (trip mode)

SHIRLEY HORN…big city (travelin' light-1967)

* Mike Stern Interview

MIKE STERN & SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA…splatch (American adventure)

MIKE STERN & ERIC JOHNSON…tidal (eclectic)

COLEMAN HAWKINS…in a mellow tone (night hawk-1960)

JACKY TERRASSON & SLY JOHNSON…come together (take this)

* Al Di Meola Interview

AL DI MEOLA…tangier (elysium)

MILES DAVIS…paraphernalia (miles in the sky)