“A MoodSwing Reunion”: University Musical Society.
When celebrated tenor saxophonist-composer Joshua Redman released his 1994 album MoodSwing, he was engaged in a drive to freshen, expand, and renew jazz while holding on to its core musical values. The album was a precocious collection of substantial melodies by 4 hot young musicians who would rapidly establish themselves as creative masters. In this pandemic-interrupted tour, the original group—Redman, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade—reunites to perform a program of both new and vintage material that, according to the Chicago Tribune, showcases their “musical breadth, emotional depth, and intellectual savvy.” 7:30 p.m. Hill Auditorium. Mask and proof of vaccination required. $17–$61 (students $12–$20). Preregistration required at ums.org/performance/a-moodswing-reunion or 764–2538.