As part of the 40th Anniversary season of musical performance at the Annenberg Center for The Arts, saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau played with soulful synergy during their duo performance at the Zellerbach Theater on Friday, October 14th.
The first tune was a Mehldau original composition, “To Hold On or To Let Go.” Mehldau played his solo as if playing a piano concerto. Redman worked the melody beautifully with full tone and purity.
The duo’s next tunes included a Thelonious Monk composition, “Bemsha Swing”; followed by a Jeff Buckley tune entitled “Dream Brother.” Redman switched to tenor sax on his own “Note to Self” and played solo for a time, soulful and searching, before Mehldau joined in.
The performance concluded with one more jazz standard “Love for Sale,” with Mehldau playing very quietly on the piano while Redman whispered the melody on saxophone.
After the performance, the audience was invited to a celebratory toast of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 40th year anniversary.
Founded in 1971, The Annenberg Center is a major cultural destination and has brought some of the world’s greatest and most critically acclaimed musicians, dance troupes and theatre companies to the Philadelphia audience.
The 2011 – 2012 schedule of performances can be found at http://www.pennpresents.org/tickets