Orchard Guitar Festival

2017 Orchard Guitar Festival

september 29 & 30

Featured artist:

john scofield

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s  and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.

Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband, and father of two.

John Scofield

John Scofield's performance with BGSU Jazz Faculty will be Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 PM in Kobacker Hall! This performance will be free of charge!


Complete Schedule of Events:

(all events are free of charge)

Friday, September 29

3:30 PM Stephen Aron Master Class, Bryan Recital Hall

4:00 PM Craig Wagner Master Class, Bryan Recital Hall

4:30 PM Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovich Master Class, Bryan Recital Hall

7-9:30 PM Performance featuring Stephen Aron, Craig Wagner, Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovich; Bryan Recital Hall


Saturday, September 30

12:00 PM Electric Guitar Ensembles Concert, Bryan Recital Hall

3:00 PM John Scofield Master Class, Bryan Recital Hall

8:00 PM John Scofield in concert with BGSU Jazz Faculty, Kobacker Hall

Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic


The Orchard Guitar Festival is made possible through the generous support of BGSU alumni Tom '75 and Martha '73 Orchard. Thank you!

We would also like to extend our thanks to guitar professor Ariel Kasler, the Orchard Guitar Festival Artistic Director.