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Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson; Monday, October 6, 2014

Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson
Monday, October 6, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… a prime example of fluency and inventiveness…” – All About Jazz.com

Joshua Redman entered the jazz zeitgeist over twenty years ago as the winner of the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition. Almost immediately, he found himself working with the crème de la crème of the jazz world: Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, and Pat Metheny, among many 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. Now, in this pared down trio format, with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson, Joshua freely explores forms of musical expression not found in larger aggregations. His latest recording is Trios Live on Nonesuch Records.

Redman grew up in Berkeley, California, raised by his mother. He began playing clarinet when he was nine, but soon switched to tenor saxophone. His father’s music (saxophonist Dewey Redman) was an early influence, along with Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. But Redman 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 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. The group was 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 configurations and personnel have taken creative twists and turns over the years, resulting in his current piano-less trio with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. His musical growth invites comparison with another well-known saxophonist, as a music reviewer from The Guardian writes: “Joshua Redman, one of the most technically accomplished saxists in jazz today… performs with a skill that sometimes justifies comparison with early Sonny Rollins….”

Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson

DATE: Monday, October 6, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $30/Adv $35/Door, No Comp Tickets
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

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Courtney Hawkes, Wilkins Management
(617) 354-2736

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