One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, saxophonist Joshua Redman “is unparalleled among horn players today” (JazzTimes). From McCoy Tyner to Brad Mehldau to The Bad Plus, Redman has collaborated with a diverse and prestigious list of musicians, all the while emerging as a modern jazz icon in his own right.
A Berkeley, California native, Joshua Redman has some powerfully artistic blood running through his veins, his dad being legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, and mom the acclaimed dancer Renee Shedroff. He began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later. The early influences of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley and his father, Dewey Redman, as well as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, The Police and Led Zeppelin drew Joshua more deeply into music.
A three-time Grammy nominee, Redman’s most recent recording and performing projects include collaborations with The Bad Plus (The Bad Plus Joshua Redman in 2015) and pianist Brad Mehldau (2016’s Nearness). His current band includes pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers & drummer Gregory Hutchinson. The quartet’s music is provocative and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful, with a strong link to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and 1960s.
The Joshua Redman Quartet plays the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Saturday, August 26. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets are $69, $62, $49