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“Sophisticated Giant”: A Tribute to Dexter Gordon w/ guest Joshua Redman

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Studebaker Theater

410 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

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CJO returns to the Studebaker in the spring with “Sophisticated Giant”: A Tribute to Dexter Gordon, with special guest Joshua Redman, Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. This concert marks the live world premiere of “Sophisticated Giant,” a legendary 1979 recording by the late great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon performing arrangements by Slide Hampton. Guest artist is the charismatic, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. Trombonist arranger Slide Hampton will also be on hand for the performance, which is made possible by the collaboration between Hampton and CJO artistic director Jeff Lindberg, who will be transcribing the arrangements from the original Dexter Gordon recording. The second act is sure to entertain with a wide array of classic jazz arrangements for the 12-piece CJO.

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan), and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later. The early influences of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley and his father, Dewey Redman, as well as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, The Police and Led Zeppelin drew Joshua more deeply into music. But although Joshua loved playing the saxophone and was a dedicated member of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo from 1983-86, academics were always his first priority, and he never seriously considered becoming a professional musician.

In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies. He had already been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year. Some of his friends (former students at the Berklee College of Music whom Joshua had met while in Boston) had recently relocated to Brooklyn, and they were looking for another housemate to help with the rent. Redman accepted their invitation to move in, and almost immediately he found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene. He began jamming and gigging regularly with some of the leading jazz musicians of his generation: Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Roy Hargrove, Geoff Keezer, Leon Parker, Jorge Rossy and Mark Turner (to name just a few). In November of that year, five months after moving to New York, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. This was only one of the more visible highlights from a year that saw Redman beginning to tour and record with jazz masters such as his father, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, and Clark Terry. For Joshua, this was a period of tremendous growth, invaluable experience and endless inspiration.

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