Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman Takes a Stand

When tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman recorded “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” for his new album, where are we, he had no idea Tony Bennett would pass right before the album was released. Though the two never met, both have a strong connection to that city by the bay. The album is Redman’s 16th as a leader, but a first in several ways. It’s his debut on Blue Note Records and the first time he’s included a vocalist, in the person of Gabrielle Cavassa. The 29-year-old singer resides in New Orleans, but she went to college in San Francisco and began her career there. Another connection to the bay.

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    Walk Through History
  • Aaron Parks

    Back from the Edge
  • Tony Bennett

    An Homage
Blindfold Test

Endea Owens is on a roll, and it’s up to us to keep up with her. At this early stage of her career, the bassist and bandleader — a proud product of the Detroit music scene (Michigan State University ’15) and Juilliard jazz graduate — can be seen almost nightly in the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band. She’s performed with popular heavyweights like Diana Ross, Solange and Elvis Costello. As a composer, she’s been commissioned to create new music for Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYO Carnegie Hall Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. She’s won an Emmy, Grammy and George Foster Peabody Award. Her debut album, Feel Good Music, was just released, featuring her group The Cookout. At the helm of that band, she’s headlined major jazz clubs and festivals, and a memorable Tiny Desk appearance on NPR, delivering an uplifting mix of jazz, gospel and neo-soul energy. On the same day of her debut headlining gig at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam this summer, she made time for her first Blindfold Test on the nearby Central Park talk stage.

  • Christian McBride Trio: “Car Wash” from Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue, 2014)
  • Meshell Ndgeocello: “Burn Progression” from The Omnichord Real Book (Blue Note, 2022)
  • Brandee Younger: “Save the Children” from Soul Awakening (Independent Release, 2019)
  • Marcus Miller: “Mr. Clean” from Renaissance (Mack Avenue, 2012)
  • Rodney Whittaker: “Just Squeeze Me” from All Too Soon: The Music of Duke Ellington (Origin, 2017)
  • Thundercat: “Unrequited Love” from It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder, 2019)
  • Carmen McRae: “I’m Gonna Lock My Heart and Throw Away the Key” from Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Columbia, 1961)
  • Cory Wong & Friends: “Separado” from Ask for Chaos (YouTube video, 2021)
Also in this Issue
  • Alfredo Rodriguez
  • Umbria 50th
  • Wendel Brunious
  • Samora Pinderhughes
  • LeBoeuf Brothers
  • George Freeman
  • Ambrose Akimusire
  • James Brandon Lewis
  • Veronica Swift
  • Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek
  • Michael Blake
  • Gabriela Martina
  • Ryan Meagher
  • Joe Lovano Transcribed
  • Nicolas Urie
  • Richard X. Bennett
  • P. Mauriat Bari Sax
  • More than 180 listings
  • Careers for Jazz Grads
  • Selecting the Right School
  • Seeking Equity in Jazz

PLUS: Dozens of album reviews, product reviews and much more!