Tuesday February 21, 2017
Don’t Miss Leading Saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Da Camera Concert
By: Chris Becker
For saxophonist Joshua Redman the prodigiously talented son of the late great saxophonist Dewey Redman, who played with luminaries like Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman, playing jazz is a very personal and collective experience.
“In jazz, if you go onstage with the intent of trying to sound like somebody else, you’re setting yourself up for failure,” says Redman. “The heart and soul of jazz is playing what you feel in the moment, and the ‘you’ is a very, very important part of that concept. You’re trying to find your voice and tell your story, but in a way that connects with the other musicians you’re playing with, and with the audience. The great bands of jazz exemplify that philosophy.”
On February 24 at the Wortham Center, Redman brings that ideology to life with a music program inspired by his father’s band, Old and New Dreams, which came together in 1976 and featured Redman alongside fellow Coleman musical alumni Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. But instead of simply paying homage to the music of another era, Redman and band mates Ron Miles (cornet), Scott Colley (bass) and Brian Blade (drums) draw upon the music of Old and New Dreams as an “organizing principle” for their own adventurous approach to group improvisation.
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