Thursday, October 6, 2011

Two-time Grammy nominee Joshua Redman to perform Nov. 5 with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble

Redman also to present free jazz clinic Nov. 4 at Whitworth


Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, an international jazz giant and two-time Grammy nominee, will perform in concert with the award-winning Whitworth Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students/senior citizens over 62. Tickets can be purchased purchase online at www.whitworth.edu/musictickets or www.ticketswest.com/. Tickets also can be purchased at the Whitworth Information Desk in the Hixson Union Building on campus.

Redman, who has recorded and performed with musicians such as B.B. King, Yo Yo Ma, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder, also will host a free jazz clinic open to Whitworth students, Spokane-area students and the general public on Friday, Nov. 4 at 5:15 p.m. in the Music Building's recital hall. For more information about the clinic, please call (509) 777-3280.

"Joshua Redman is truly one of the top two or three jazz saxophonists in the world today," says Dan Keberle, professor of music and director of jazz studies and the jazz ensemble at Whitworth. "He has an amazing technical ability on the saxophone, and he also is one of the most creative and expressive musicians ever in the history of jazz."

To view a "Courageous Conversations" video interview with Redman during his visit to Whitworth, please visit http://www.youtube.com/whitworthuniversity#p/u/0/PiXKRDYwv9g

As the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff, Redman was exposed to music at a very early age. He began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone.

Redman graduated from Harvard University and did not begin to focus solely on music until after graduation, when he moved to New York and immediately became immersed in the New York jazz scene. He released his first, self-titled album in 1993, which earned him his first Grammy nomination. He has released 11 CDs since then. His most recent album, Compass, was released in 2009. For more information on Redman, visit http://www.joshuaredman.com/.

The 18-piece Whitworth Jazz Ensemble performs several concerts each year on campus, as well as at jazz festivals, in public schools, at civic events, and on annual tours throughout the United States. In January 2010, the ensemble toured New York City and New Orleans; in January 2009, the group traveled for the seventh time to Rome, Italy, for several performances with leading Italian jazz artists. In January 2006 the ensemble traveled to Sao Paolo and Salvador, Brazil, for concerts at two music festivals. Other performance residencies in previous years have included trips to Hawaii, Havana, Munich (twice), Rome (six times), and Australia, where the ensemble logged nine performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and in the surrounding area.

The ensemble has produced nine CDs; the most recent is Bill's Blues, released in 2010. For more information on the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, please visit www.whitworth.edu/jazz.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, academic program assistants, music department, Whitworth University (509) 777-3280, or music@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.