Wednesday October 24, 2012
From Classical Music
By: Neil McKim
The tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, son of jazz legend Dewey Redman, discusses his Jazz Series at London’s Wigmore Hall which kicks off on 2 November
You have performed at Wigmore Hall before, notably with pianist Brad Mehldau. How did your Jazz Series curator position arise?
Wigmore Hall approached me when I played with Brad Mehldau in 2009. They said that Brad was going to step down after his residency and they asked me if I was interested. It’s a beautiful venue, very acoustically rich, and also a somewhat unique venue to present jazz and jazz-related music in. And I decided to give it a try. I’m really looking forward to it.
You’ve got some top jazz talent on the programme. How did you select the artists?
Wigmore Hall was looking for me to be involved in half the concerts. But my favourite artists are not myself! If it were up to me I would probably programme a bunch of concerts with other artists. But of course I’m happy to play. I’ve just begun programming – this is a work in progress. It’s a bit of an adventure for me and I hope I learn a lot. I hope that audiences will as well. One of the challenges is trying to find not only interesting creative artists but also projects that work well acoustically in the hall. The Axis Saxophone Quartet (Joshua Redman with Chris Cheek, Chris Potter and Mark Turner) is going to kick off the Jazz Series this year, on Friday 2 November. It’s a brand new project for all of us. We’re excited – we have a good time and I think the music is going to develop the more that we play together.
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