Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Joe Sanders & Gregory Hutchinson; Friday, November 15
Joshua Redman Quartet
with Aaron Goldberg, Joe Sanders & Gregory Hutchinson
Friday, November 15, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“… new levels of prowess.” – The New York Times
Joshua Redman has carved out an amazing career since entering the jazz zeitgeist over twenty years ago. Fresh off of winning the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition, he began working with the crème de la crème of the jazz world: Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, and Pat Metheny, among other top artists. As a bandleader, he has led some of the most intriguing ensembles in contemporary jazz, including his stint as the artistic director for the SFJAZZ Collective. His current group is among his finest and consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Walking Shadows is his latest CD.
Redman grew up in Berkley, California, raised by his mother. He began playing clarinet when he was nine, but switched to tenor saxophone a year later. His father’s music (saxophonist Dewey Redman) was an early influence, along with Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. But Joshua was focused mainly on academic achievement while growing up. Despite being a talented member of the Berkeley High School Jazz program, he never gave much thought to becoming a professional musician. A high-achieving student, he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, in 1991. He was headed for Yale Law School, but took a year off to recharge and play music with some friends living in Brooklyn. The friends, former Berklee College of Music students, were Joshua’s entry into the New York jazz world. It wasn’t long before he was jamming and gigging with a large number of young musicians who, like Redman, would be making their mark on music: Roy Hargrove, Larry Goldings, Geoff Keezer, and Peter Bernstein, among many others. That year, he entered the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and won. He was reunited with his father, Dewey, with whom he toured, and began attracting favorable attention from the jazz media. More high profile gigs followed with a long line of superstars in the jazz world, including Elvin Jones; Charlie Haden; Pat Metheny; Paul Motian; Clark Terry; Joe Lovano; and Jack DeJohnette. Not surprisingly, his plans for law school faded away in favor of a full commitment to making music.
In 1993, Redman released his eponymously named debut album which garnered a Grammy-nomination. His follow up, Wish, featured an all-star lineup with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. He then hit the road with Metheny to finish out 1993. MoodSwing, his 1994 album release, premiered Redman’s first long term band, an incubator of talent featuring Brad Mehldau, piano; Christian McBride, bass; and Brian Blade, drums, all of whom have gone on to become influential bandleaders in their own right. Redman’s band personnel has gradually evolved over the years with the current group consisting of Aaron Goldberg (Mark Turner, Betty Carter, Al Foster), Joe Sanders (Ravi Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter), and Gregory Hutchinson (Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, John Scofield). All About Jazz says of Joshua’s latest CD: “Walking Shadows is an emotionally charged, wonderfully seamless slow burn of an album that is a great work of art. It points not only to Redman’s ability as a performer and composer, and his taste for diverse material, but also to the depth of his heart and how well he listens to his own Muse.” Get your tickets early for this one.
Joshua Redman Quartet
DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM; 9:00 PM ½ Price Night for Students
PRICE: $28/Adv $31/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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