Joshua Redman performs with Still Dreaming in an exploration of the free jazz of the 1970s and ’80s. Photo by Jon Brown.
Joshua Redman performs with Still Dreaming in an exploration of the free jazz of the 1970s and ’80s. Photo by Jon Brown.

Ryan Gosling’s character in La La Land may have struggled to make a name for himself in the jazz world, but Joshua Redman is proof that there is a welcome home in today’s music scene for classic jazz.

Fresh off his European tour, Joshua Redman takes to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts stage on November 13.

Here are five reasons why you should go:

1. A legend

The son of jazz great Dewey Redman, his latest release Still Dreaming pays homage to his father’s musical legacy as a member of the iconic jazz band, Old and New Dreams.

2. Playing with the greats

While Redman has performed with dozens of jazz legends, he’s also shared the stage with a wide variety of fan favourites, including The Roots, The Rolling Stones and The Dave Matthews Band. At the Chan Centre, Redman will perform with three of jazz’s biggest names today: Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade.

3. Beating the winter blues

Redman will play from his latest collaboration, Still Dreaming, a lively and upbeat album it is the perfect soundtrack for brightening up the long, cold, and rainy seasons ahead.

4. Law’s loss is music’s gain

All set to go to law school at Yale, Redman deferred entry for a year to go live with friends in Brooklyn instead. Hanging out, going to shows, and picking up his forgotten saxophone, Redman won a prestigious jazz award just five months later. Giving up academics to pursue music full time would earn him a Grammy nomination just a short while later.

5. Free pre-show talk

Nou Dadoun, Vancouver’s own jazz aficionado and host of Co-op Radio’s A-Trane, will host a free pre-show talk for concert ticket holders. Dadoun will explore the free jazz legacy of Old and New Dreams and the connection to Redman’s Still Dreaming project.