Monday, June 04, 2007
Tonight I enjoyed my birthday present from Tony: a show of my choice. We went to Joshua Redman's trio with Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
In that same location I saw Joshua's father, Dewey Redman, when he was here with Don Cherry about 25 years ago.
Jazz is totally alive today and in better health than it was in then. This generation of jazz musicians is amazing, each one seems to be a master on his instrument and they play with such devotion to each other that they can weave the most subtle rhythmic tissue of sound together. Their music has everything: sweetness, excitement, humor and an irresistible groove.
We are blessed here in Santa Cruz with a jazz center that has special connections to some of the best jazz musicians in the world.