Saxophonist Joshua Redman joins the roster
He’ll launch a brand new 3×3 project for 22-23 with music of Ellington, Monk and Shorter
Opus 3 Artists is thrilled to welcome jazz innovator, saxophonist, and composer Joshua Redman to our roster for worldwide representation, excluding Europe and South America. Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz musicians to have emerged in the 1990s when he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, which marked the beginning of what would become an illustrious career spanning nearly three decades. Often lauded for his ability to perceive and develop prodigious talent early on, Redman formed his first quartet as a bandleader in 1994, which resulted in his seminal work MoodSwing, with Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums. He has released more than 20 albums, which have earned him multiple Grammy nominations. A perennial favorite amongst critics’ and readers’ polls alike, his work with other prominent musicians includes jazz legends like McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Haden, Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman and Elvin Jones; popular music stars Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, and Dave Matthews Band; and classical music luminary Yo-Yo Ma.
Redman’s new 3×3 project emerged in part from his COVID pandemic experience. Literally on his way to the airport for a three-week tour of Europe when the world shut down in March 2020, the saxophonist found himself in the unprecedented situation of not being able to make music with another human being for over six months. “When I finally started getting together occasionally with folks for outdoor jam sessions,” he recalls, “the approach was predictably casual: ‘Let’s just play some tunes.’ Naturally, a lot of the tunes that were called were ones written by Duke, Monk or Wayne.” He views the canonical contributions of these musical masters as key way stations in his own artistic development. “The beauty and genius of Duke, Monk, and Wayne is that their compositions beg no ‘reinvention.’ They are so cogent and complete and yet so broadly malleable and interpretable just as they are…. Of course, I’m not promising I won’t throw in a few of my own originals or original arrangements from time to time. It’s jazz. It’s improvisation. We go with the flow!”
“Some folks seemed to be under the impression that the lockdown was like some sort of composer’s dream, presenting so much free time to write and create…But then I realized, and accepted, that without the feedback loop of playing and communicating with other musicians and audiences in real time, my sense of creativity and inspiration inevitably lags. Music for me is fundamentally social. It’s collaborative. It’s conversational.”