Quartet to perform at Palladium

Joe Lovano, left, and John Scofield will perform in a jazz quartet on Feb. 6. (Submitted photo)

Joe Lovano, left, and John Scofield will perform in a jazz quartet on Feb. 6. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

One is equipped with a saxophone, the other is a jazz guitarist. John Scofield and Joe Lovano will be passing through Carmel and performing at the Palladium on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.

“It is an all-star group,” said Doug Tatum, vice president of programming of The Center for the Performing Arts.  “John Scofield and Joe Lovano are both legendary jazz musicians and band leaders each leading their own group. It’s a rare combination to see two band leaders coming together to form a superstar quartet.”

Tatum highlighted that in addition to Lovano and Scofield, Ben Street will perform bass and Bill Stewart will be on the drums.

Lovano, who hails from Cleveland, draws both the past and modern music into his performances. Tatum said that Scofield emerged in the late 1980s and plays his jazz guitar with a rock sounding touch.

“It’s a unique combination of new and old in his play and he can shift gears in a split second to draw upon whatever inspires him in the moment,” Tatum said of Lovano’s sax playing. “With John Scofield, you have this rock sounding guitar in a jazz group so it definitely combines the elements of rock and jazz. He’s also a master improviser and innovative player.”

Although Scofield and Lovano have not passed through Carmel before, they have played together in the past. The quartet’s tour will serve as a reunion between the two musicians.

“As a jazz aficionado myself, these guys are truly master musicians,” Tatum said. “Anybody interested in great jazz and improvised music couldn’t do better than attending this concert. These guys are universally recognized for what they do.”

Ticket prices range from $25-85, with student prices set at $15. For more, visit thecenterpresents.org.

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