Friday October 16, 2015
From Michigan Avenue
Who Saxophonist Joshua Redman Idolizes
By: Thomas Connors
A summa cum laude Harvard grad, saxophonist Joshua Redman was bound for Yale Law School but took a year off to live in New York first. Needless to say, New Haven never happened. Instead, Redman played and played, taking first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and earning a Grammy nomination for his first album. This month, he hits Symphony Center with the trio The Bad Plus.
You’re the son of jazzman Dewey Redman, and you’ve played with masters like Jack DeJohnette and Clark Terry. Who among your peers has been influential?
Pianist Brad Mehldau has been a massive influence and someone I’ve played with a long time. Nicholas Payton, the trumpet player. And Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, and Seamus Blake have all influenced me as a saxophonist.
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