Friday, April 18, 2014


Saxophonist Joshua Redman
The lineup for the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival was revealed Wednesday at the Detroit Athletic Club. Like the past two years, the four day festival is packed with jazz legends and tributes. The great tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will play the DJF for the first time.

Over the years, tribute concerts have become a staple of the DJF. This year, there are nods to Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Nat King Cole. Saxophonist Joshua Redman is the festival’s Artist in Residence. He will perform three sets, participate in master classes, and other DJF outreach programs.

Redman, 45, is a native of California and the son of the late free jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman. Redman has built a name in jazz, earning a number Grammy nods, and putting out 16 albums as a bandleader. 

Redman hit nationally in the early 90’s with a group of bloodthirsty jazz musicians such as Christian McBride, James Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Cyrus Chestnut. All are stars now.

Redman has a degree from Harvard University and passed on law school to become a jazz man. This year is his second time at the DJF. His debut was in 2013. Some of the stars booked are Ramsey Lewis, Barry Harris, Tom Harrell, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Phil Woods, Stanley Clarke and Lou Donaldson. The jazz festival runs August 29th to September 3rd

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