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Monday August 25, 2014

From The Windsor Star

Civil Rights era jazz inspires Joshua Redman
By: Ted Shaw

It was a time when jazz, like society, changed forever.

The music that came out of the American Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s set the stage for everything in jazz that followed, said saxophonist Joshua Redman.

As artist-in-residence at this weekend’s Detroit International Jazz Festival, Redman has assembled a concert that recognizes the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act.

It is a project he has been planning for the better part of the last three months.

The 75-minute concert, featuring the Wayne State University Big Band and various musical guests, takes place on Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 1, at 4:15 p.m.

It has been a challenge, said the 45-year-old Redman, but ultimately rewarding.

“I’m trying to represent as best we can the different musical expressions of and reactions to the struggle for civil rights,” he said in a recent interview with The Star.

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