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Grammy Award-Nominated Greats, Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Take the Stage in a One-Night Collaboration as the Annenberg Center Kicks Off Its 40th Anniversary Season


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Philadelphia, PA: The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a night jam-packed with jazz, as prodigious tenor saxophonist, Joshua Redman and internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist, Brad Mehldau join forces for one unforgettable duo performance, October 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM. Melding their two adventurous, yet distinctive artistic voices, Redman and Mehldau's duo cuts the extraneous and features the oft-improvised musical dialogue between these two powerhouses. Tickets for the performance are $20-$45. For tickets or more information, please visit or call 215.898.3900. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.

Hailed by the Boston Herald as “a jazz wunderkind," Joshua Redman is one of today's most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists. Brad Mehldau, having garnered numerous awards and admiration from jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike, has forged a unique path, embodying the essence of jazz exploration with a unique mainstream pop allure, and is “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years" (Los Angeles Times). Linked since Redman hired Mehldau in the mid-90's, both musicians have played an essential role defining progressive mainstream jazz ever since.

Joshua Redman has recorded and performed with musicians the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Stevie Wonder. Redman has been nominated for two Grammys and has garnered top honors in the critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle's final film, “Vanya on 42nd Street," and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film “Kansas City."

Brad Mehldau's music has appeared in several movies, including Stanley Kubrick's “Eyes Wide Shut" and Wim Wender's “Million Dollar Hotel." He also composed an original soundtrack for the French film, “Ma Femme Est Une Actrice." Mehldau was appointed as curator of an annual four-concert jazz series at London's renowned Wigmore Hall during its 09-10 and 10-11 seasons. In January 2010, Carnegie Hall announced the 2010-11 season-long residency by Mehldau, as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall—the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995.

INSIGHTS—Pre-show performance and talk

The night of jazz kicks off early with the Penn Faculty Jazz Quartet at 6:45 PM, in a musical exploration and commentary on jazz influences and styles. Quartet members include: Wade Fulton Dean, Saxophone—Director of Jazz, Penn Department of Music; Josh Lawrence, Trumpet—Jazz Trumpet Instructor, Penn; Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts; Drew Shoals, Drums—Drum Instructor, Penn; Penn Law student; Justin Sekewleski, Bass—Bass Instructor, Penn.

INSIGHTS—Post-performance 40th Anniversary toast

In celebration of the Annenberg Center's 40th Anniversary, there will be several opportunities for audience members to get to know each other and the Annenberg Center staff throughout the season. To kick off this celebratory season, the Center will be toasting the past 40 years of excellence and its exciting future with festive sparkling cider.

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