Tuesday Tune: ‘Something’s Got a Hold On Me’ by John Scofield and Jon Cleary
Mark your calendars! On Dec. 11, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square will welcome the old funk and R&B music of New Orleans. American guitar virtuoso John Scofield and incredibly talented vocalist and pianist Jon Cleary are sure to bring you to your feet with the fusion of funky jazz and soulful vocals.
Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. He has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. His versatility and technical mastery won him early sideman gigs with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Gerry Mulligan, among many.
Since that time he remains firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer, prominently leading his own groups in the international jazz scene. Cleary is known for his salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills, and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. Born in Kent, England, in 1964, Cleary steeped in the sounds of American roots music as a child via New Orleans funk and R&B 45s. Venturing to the Crescent City at 17, he quickly earned the respect of the local music community.
He spent the ’80s gigging as a sideman and bandleader with a rotating cast of New Orleans’ best, including members of funk forefathers the Meters and delta-bluesman John Mooney. He has balanced the last few years with an international fan base as a member of Bonnie Raitt’s group and his own group, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and has an album by the same name. His latest album, “Occapella,” was released in 2012.
Check out a recent performance by the duo below.