BIAMP PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL JAZZ FILM: INSIDE SCOFIELD presented by PDX Jazz
McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Asubjective view upon the past, present and future of modern jazz.
INSIDESCOFIELD isthe in-depth portrayal of the life of the acclaimed jazz musician JohnScofield. Entirely narrated by himself, Scofield takes us on an inspiringtrip into the mind and soul of one of today’s greats of contemporary jazz.Shaped and inspired by Scofield‘s work, the film is simultaneously acelebration of his creative impact as of true friendship, free communicationand courage towards human imperfection, an essential element in jazz.
From thefast-paced life on the road, to the seclusive life at home in Katonah, tomemorable times in his old neighborhood in New York, where Jazz moved on toanother level and where he kicked off his career. Along the way Scofieldprovides answers to the important questions of music: What is improvization?What has changed over the last 40 years of constant touring around the globe asa “Road Dog”, how has this change affected the music and how can one sustainits quality?
It‘s anincredibly close portrayal about the devotion to maintain a career in music,while appreciating being a human playing together with other humans.
Thefilm features performers at this years Festival Dave Holland, BillFrisell, and Jon Cleary as well as prior PDX Jazz event and Festivalartists Pat Metheny, Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, Vicente Archer.
PDXJazz ishonored to have presented the legendary John Scofield multipletimes in Portland with the most recent standout performance at The Reser onApril 23, 2022 with Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd and Josh Dion.
MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, ROAD DOG
Over the course of his long and successful musical career, John Scofieldcrossed paths with like minded greats such as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus,Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Chet Baker. With his uniquestyle and sound he became one of today’s most influential master guitarists andcomposers of jazz and fusion music. His œuvre includes jazz, funk, rock andblues music. Reflecting on his long career, he calls himself a roaddog, a jazz term for musicians with a long touring history.
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