When: Wed., April 11, 7-9:30 p.m. 2012
Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau first performed together in Redman’s acclaimed quartet during the 90s. In the decade and a half since, both Grammy Award nominated musicians have reached international and critical acclaim, while forging their own distinctive voices as modern jazz icons. Reuniting for an intimate performance, the duo format fosters a new convergence for these friends where they can openly create music that swings and deeply connects to the spirit.
Born in Berkeley, California, saxophonist Joshua Redman is the son of legendary jazz musician Dewey Redman. After graduating from Harvard, Joshua turned down an acceptance to Yale Law School to pursue a career in music. Since then, he has recorded over a dozen critically acclaimed albums, earned multiple Grammy nominations, and garnered top honors from DownBeat, JazzTimes, Rolling Stone, and countless others. Redman has also toured and recorded with some of the world’s most distinguished musicians including Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Pat Methany, Paul Motian, and Brian Blade.
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renee Fleming, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio (with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums) and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Gershwin and Nick Drake; alongside the ever evolving breath of his own significant catalogue of original compositions. With his self proclaimed affection for popular music and classical training, Mehldau has become “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years.”
Price: $45 per person for 7pm show / $40 for 9:30pm show.