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Saxophonist Joshua Redman to perform at Wachholz

by Daily Inter Lake
| February 22, 2024 12:00 AM

Illustrious jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and singer Gabrielle Cavassa take center stage at the Wachholz College Center Feb. 28 on the “Where Are We” tour.

Redman’s latest record album, “Where Are We,” which was released in September 2023, marks the first time Redman has included a vocalist (Cavassa) on a record. The album features Aaron Parks on piano, Joe Sanders on bass and Brian Blade on drums. Each song is about or references a geographical location and is a meditation on the power and importance of place such as Bruce Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” Count Basie’s “Going To Chicago,” Rodgers & Hart’s “Manhattan” and John Coltrane’s “Alabama.”

“So, on one level, this is an album ‘about’ America — at once a celebration and a critique. But it is also, to varying degrees, a ballads album, a standards album, an album of romantic longing, an album of social reflection, an album of melodic invention, an album of improvisational adventure, an album of mashups (stylistic and titular), perhaps even a tribute album of sorts,” Redman said in a press release.

Hailed as one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of his generation, Redman's mastery of the saxophone and his innovative approach to improvisation have captivated audiences worldwide. With a career spanning over three decades, Redman has garnered critical acclaim, numerous awards, and a devoted fan base for his richly expressive playing and boundary-pushing compositions.

Born into a family steeped in the jazz tradition, Redman's musical journey is intertwined with the legacy of his father, legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman. A pioneering figure in avant-garde jazz, Dewey Redman's contributions to the genre are widely celebrated, and his influence on his son's artistic development is profound.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $55 to $79, not including ticket service fees. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit wccmt.org or call 756-1400.