Joshua Redman Trio Performs at Tbilisi Event Hall
23 February, 2012
Joshua Redman Trio Performs at Tbilisi Event Hall

On February 19, Tbilisi jazz lovers who have longed for autumn in anticipation of Tbilisi Jazz Festival, gathered in front of Tbilisi Event Hall, taking advantage of the opportunity offered by Eastern Promotion that decided to give monthly jazz series that  are on from 2010.  As promised, this time Joshua Redman (Sax), Reuben Rogers (Bass) and Greg Hutchinson (Drums) were performing.   

 

Tbilisi Event Hall located below Tbilisi Concert Hall (Philharmonic) was full of Georgian jazz performers, critics, VIPs, officials and

ordinary jazz lovers. Journalists had an opportunity to talk to them before the soiree. ‘Joshua Redman today is one of the leaders in the format of tenor and baritone saxophone and maybe one of the best tenor saxophonists in the world. It is a great delight for Tbilisi jazz lovers. He represents the generation of 1980ies, post-modern jazz. He is a nice musician indeed,” Zurab Karumidze, writer and jazz critic commented for Georgian Journal.

Otar Tatishvili, popular radio and TV presenter and jazz lover, host of the radio program jazo-therapy, said:  “We are awaiting a wonderful evening. This is the saxophone trio without piano and this is characteristic only for the orthodox jazzmen. Therefore, it will not be easy to listen to them. It will be a very nice soiree because Joshua Redman is a person who together with Greg Hutchinson and Reuben Rogers will save jazz today. I have a lot of albums by them and I have been propagating their music for seven years to my audience and will have the opportunity to hear them live. This evening is for the crazy jazz lovers like me.”

Later on, Georgian Journal talked to Guliko Chanturia, Georgian jazzwoman: “I have known this musician for quite a while. I consider him to be one of the finest musicians with the most modern musical point of view besides his being very handsome (she laughed); and he is the author of many interesting projects. Therefore, my anticipation is very high,” Mrs. Chanturia said.

Nika Rurua, Minister of Culture, also made a comment for the press: “Redman is one of the most innovative instrumentalists. I hope that Georgian public will appreciate him genuinely as Georgians are generally considered to be a very competent and musically primed audience. I have listened to Joshua in Atlanta, US back in 1996 and I liked him very much and I think that his professional growth will be very visible now.” The minister also mentioned some young Georgian jazz performers, specially underlining the name of Beka Gochiashvili and expressed the hope that one day jazz becomes part of Georgian everyday life.

At last, after half-an-hour delay, the presenter of the concert invited to the stage four-time Grammy nominee Joshua Redman together with Reuben Rogers (Bass) and Greg Hutchinson (drums).

Brief history: At an early age Joshua Redman  was exposed to a diverse music (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and different instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan), and began playing clarinet at the age of nine before one year later he switched to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone. 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. As a leader he has released 13 albums.

The concert lasted for two hours, which passed quickly. The engagement of the public grew and it reached the peak in the end. The trio was summoned to encore two times.  The audience seemed rather excited. Of course, as every concerts, it didn’t go on without the habitual show-off elements; however, it was much more casual, intellectual and cozy, taking into consideration a small hall of 300 hundred people arranged with tables that created an atmosphere of American clubs. The musicians themselves seemed to be happy too, eagerly signing autographs and posing for the cameras of their Georgian fans.

 

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