Saxophonist Joshua Redman has been the darling of jazz critics for more than a decade. After exploding onto the scene in the early '90s, he has continued to live up to the early praise that he received as a standard bearer of both innovative and straight-ahead jazz. In an interview with Ken Burns, Redman said, “I care about jazz for the same reason that I care about music. Music is emotion through sound and that’s what jazz is. Jazz is just one form of emotion through sound. I think one of the things that makes jazz so special is that it allows you to convey your emotions in one of the most spontaneous and immediate and direct ways as possible and that’s kind of the special thing about jazz is the improvisational nature of the music, so it’s really representing what you feel and what you’re experiencing at the moment.”
Redman returns after many years to The Shedd for an evening of blues and bebop with his new trio, featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The trio tours in support of Redman's April 23rd release Back East on Nonesuch Records, Redman's first recording in an acoustic-trio setting and his first all-acoustic outing since 2001.