Lettuce and John Scofield Uberjam Band

We play music that reflects “our way of life,” says bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes, who is joined in the groove onslaught by his co-ragers: keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, Eric Bloom on trumpet, guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and drummer Adam Deitch. We love that NASTY funk, that undeniable funk, the Funk of the AGES….

John Scofield Uberjam Band

Guitarist John Scofield started the Uberjam project in 2000. Once he found super rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, he played with various bass-drum teams before finding the right chemistry for two CDs: Uberjam and Up All Night. Today his bassist is Andy Hess and Tony Mason handles the drum duties.

Scofield is one of the principal innovators of the way modern jazz guitar is played. He expresses himself in the vernaculars of Bebop, blues, jazz-funk, acoustic chamber jazz and electronic groove music. He has worked as a sideman with musicians ranging from Miles Davis to Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He has recorded with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson to name a few.

Uberjam has just released a new recording, Uberjam Deux, and Scofield has this to say about it: “We explore different forms of groove music…We get into funk, Afrobeat, reggae, house music, R&B…Many of the new tunes are co-written by Avi and myself. “

John Scofield was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in suburban Connecticut. He took up the guitar at age 11 and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker in 1974, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977, he recorded with Charles Mingus, and later joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis.



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