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31st Telluride Jazz Festival, Telluride, Colo.

John Scofield

1sIt’s hard to find corporate logos on display in Telluride, Colo. The residents of the tiny mountain town appear to reject the types of chain restaurants and shops that you’d find virtually anywhere else in America. But there was one brand name emblazoned across the front of the stage in Telluride’s Town Park for their annual Jazz Celebration Aug. 2-5. In huge letters, John Scofield’s name was spelled out, as he was this year’s Telluride Jazz Guest of Honor.

“I never thought of myself as a product,” Scofield (pictured) said at a panel discussion in the center of town, where he happily signed autographs and posed for pictures with admirers. The guitarist’s rambunctious, blues/rock-steeped trademark sound permeated the festival, and at least one of his appearances was triumphant.

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