Friday November 21, 2014
Saxophonist Joshua Redman: Magician as well as musician in Grand Rapids debut
By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
Musicians are called entertainers, sometimes craftsman, and too frequently they’re called artists.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman rightfully can be called a magician as well.
Not a fictional Harry Potter who saves the world from Voldemort with a swish and flick of his wand. Rather, like a musical version of David Copperfield or Doug Henning, Redman is a master of musical misdirection who lulls you into believing you know where he’s heading only to surprise you from another direction.
Redman and the Joshua Redman Trio were in Grand Rapids to open St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2014-15 Jazz Series with an exciting performance in Royce Auditorium.
Though Redman was artist-in-residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend, it was his first-ever appearance in Grand Rapids. He saw a bit of downtown, spent some time in the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and commented on Grand Rapids’ civic pride.
“It’s been a joy and a privilege,” he said before his encore.
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