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Thursday March 23, 2017

From The Columbus Dispatch

Saxophonist Joshua Redman pays tribute to pioneer who inspired father
By: Julia Oller

When Joshua Redman’s father heard that his son decided to skip Yale Law School to become a jazz musician, Dewey Redman knew the challenges his son faced.

“I think he was, let’s just say, concerned,” Joshua Redman, 48, said. “I think he was happy and proud, too, but he struggled for a lot of his life.”

The elder Redman was an accomplished saxophonist who played with jazz great Ornette Coleman. While on the cutting edge of avant-garde jazz in the mid-20th century, Redman never gained the fame of his peers, a fact that hasn’t plagued his successful son.

On Wednesday, Redman will honor the memory of his father, who died in 2006, in “Still Dreaming” at the Wexner Center. The show is a tribute to Dewey Redman’s quartet Old and New Dreams — featuring Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell — that was itself a tribute to Coleman’s music.

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