Joshua Redman to perform at the Sydney Festival with pianist Brad Mehldau

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Saturday December 10, 2011

From The Daily Telegraph

*Joshua Redman to perform at the Sydney Festival with pianist Brad Mehldau *
By: Chris Hook

He had a famous jazz saxophonist dad and a dancer mother, but Joshua Redman came so very close to running away to the bar. And not the kind the 42-year-old plies his musical wares in now.

After a degree at Harvard University, Redman was on his way to study law at Yale when he decided to take a year off to play music in New York. Like his father Dewey Redman, the youngster had taken up the saxophone and taken to jazz in a big way.

“Things kind of took off for me, so I never looked back,” he recalls. “My mum was totally cool; she was happy when she found out I was going to pursue music and my dad, I’m sure, was cool deep down but he said, ‘Are you crazy? Go to law school!’ “

It was during that period in New York in the early 1990s that Redman met pianist Brad Mehldau and the two spent several years collaborating on and off before drifting apart. In 2008 they reunited in a big way, now work as a duo, and are on their way here this month for the Sydney Festival.

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