If you're mentioned in the same breath as artists like Eric Clapton and Peter Green, you are absolutely doing well. Matt Schofield is considered an outstandingly talented blues guitarist. The Brit developed a passion for R&B music through his father's huge record collection at a very young age. He took his first musical steps on the bass, but after seeing an exhilarating jam session by BB King, Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he became fascinated by the limitless possibilities of the guitar. Over the years the Englishman, who is only 33 years old, has developed a completely unique style, in which his passion for blues merges powerfully with rock and New Orleans funk. Schofield, who originates from Manchester, recently finished a new album, will perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival with his regular band members Jonny Henderson (Hammond organ and bass) and Kevin Hayes (drums). The trio will be joined by special guest New Orleans "piano professor" Jon Cleary.