Watch the Trailer for Unmissable John Scofield Documentary, ‘Inside Scofield’

John Scofield
(Image credit: Joerg Steineck/I'm Filming Productions)

“The jazz musician is a voice,” says jazz guitar wizard John Scofield. “Some play it a lot of notes; some play it few notes; some play it hard and tough; some play it real pretty – they are all part of jazz.”

Narrated by Scofield himself, Joerg Steineck’s new film, Inside Scofield, examines the guitarist’s creative impact while exploring themes of friendship, openness, courage and imperfection.

Essential viewing for any player, this brand-new documentary looks at the past, present and future of modern jazz guitar with one of the genre’s Big Three.

Along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, Scofield has established himself as a living legend of jazz in a decades-long career that has seen him put out dozens of albums as co/leader while appearing as a sideman on well over a hundred others, including records by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Chet Baker.

One of the most influential jazz/fusion guitarists of all time, Scofield’s colorful style palette fuses elements of funk, rock and blues into a jazz sound all his own.

Telling the story of an epic music career in the artist’s own words, Inside Scofield offers intimate insights into the life of a self-confessed “road dog.”

How has 40 years of constant touring around the world impacted Scofield’s music? How does he sustain its quality? What is improvisation?

The answers to all these questions and more are revealed in Inside Scofield – a remarkable and ultimately inspiring portrayal of a truly masterful guitarist.

Inside Scofield movie poster

(Image credit: Joerg Steineck/I'm Filming Productions)

This unmissable film is slated for release Dec 2, 2022.

Visit for Official Digital Cinema Release (VOD+bonus footage) info and to order the limited-edition DVD. (NB. The website says: “This is a limited-edition of 1000 DVD’s (500 are already reserved for our supporters!) – So, BE QUICK!”)

Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.