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Meet Carlos Redman: A Detroit native, Carlos Redman is one of a new breed of modern experimental trumpeters of the current generation.



Blending a sultry combination of hip-hop, R&B, rock, and classical in jazz genres, the young horn player continues to defy boundaries as he is often drawn in comparison to the great Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
1932 - 2013
trumpet
.

Carlos Redman



At an early age encountering people such as Betty Carter

Betty Carter
Betty Carter
1930 - 1998
vocalist
, James Carter
James Carter
James Carter
b.1969
sax, tenor
, and Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
1932 - 2013
trumpet
his beginnings as a young performer in club venues and jazz festivals has blossomed into a career standing on stage with Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
1932 - 2006
sax, alto
, Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
, Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley
b.1943
trombone
, Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

vocalist
, Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
b.1962
trumpet
, Ellis Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis
b.1934
piano
, Hal Galper
Hal Galper
Hal Galper
b.1938
piano
, Peter Martin
Peter Martin
Peter Martin
b.1970
piano
, Clyde Kerr, and Aaliyah.

Traveling and encountering people from all over the world as a composer has grown him a reputation as a capable artist that fervently loves writing music that not only speaks to people in the mainstream, but also rooted in sultry Motor City soul

Instrument(s):

Trumpet, piano, vocals.

Teachers and/or influences? My teachers were William "Billy" Horner of Motown, Ronald Benko of the New Orleans Symphony, Ellis Marsalis and Wendell Brunious of New Orleans, Wee Kee Brody for composition, Demondre Thurman, Ernie Rodgers and Vergil Rodgers of RAPA, James Carter gave a few lessons...

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I knew I wanted to become a serious musician after meeting Wallace Roney
Wallace Roney
Wallace Roney
b.1960
trumpet
, Geri Allen
Geri Allen
Geri Allen
b.1957
piano
's husband. He gave me a nudge when I was about 16 years old to audition for a few colleges, and he helped me make some adult decisions about my budding career. Before that, I new I was a stand out player, but I never took it very seriously.

Your sound and approach to music: My sound is primarily influenced by Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
, Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, Donald Byrd and Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
. Dizzy was always fascinating to me, Louis has such an overwhelming sound, Donald was my local hero, and Miles had great phrasing.

Your teaching approach: Teaching is easy when you have a student that is eager to learn. Anyone can learn, but not everyone has the patience. Some people are naturally gifted, but lack the intestinal fortitude to make it in the business.

My philosophy is that if a student chooses to be a musician, they must also come with discipline.

Your dream band:

I would love to work with a great vocalist like Jill Scott or a great person that I dig, producer Norman Connors

. I love playing behind an inspiring vocalist though. I like the way they phrase, it's almost like the sound I get with a Harmon mute. It's all about emotion, and less notes. More expressive and thoughtful...

Road story: Your best or worst experience: The craziest time I ever had on stage was playing at a club in New Orleans. I won't say any names because the owner was kind to me. But, the place was falling apart, and there was a bug problem. So during the second set, they decided to come out and enjoy the show too. I wanted to put my horn up, but because the owner was so nice, and a lot people paid for the door, we continued to play while stomping. I just played off of it, like I was dancing... My group still laughs about the gig...

Favorite venue:

My favorite places to play are Snug Harbor in New Orleans, and maybe Bert's or Bakers in Detroit. They always feel like a homecoming party. The pressure isn't there because I'm always amongst family and friends there. George was great human being at Snug, and when he passed away, the spirit of the place changed, but Detroit is home. Nothing like playing with a hot group at home...

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Wow, that's tough to answer. I'm never satisfied with studio performances. So that's difficult to offer a reply. Playing live is where the good stuff comes from...

The first Jazz album I bought was: The first jazz album that I bought was a Duke Ellington album with Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
and Cat Anderson
Cat Anderson
Cat Anderson
1916 - 1981
trumpet
killing the trumpet section. It still gives me chills thinking of those great solos and massive talent...

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Freedom. I am and always will be a free thinker.



Because of that independence, my music has given other young people something besides what is constantly feed to them. It's always with a groove, or mood, but always free and creative, you dig?

Did you know...

Did you know that I started off playing cello? When my family stayed in southwest Detroit, a DSO member used to come from the concert hall to the ghetto and shine some light on a different aspect of music. So I would be sawing that thing in half, trying to be Vivaldi...

CDs you are listening to now:

Christian Scott

Christian Scott
Christian Scott
b.1983
trumpet
, Anthem (Concord);
Corey Wilkes
Corey Wilkes
Corey Wilkes
b.1979
trumpet
, Drop It (Delmark);

Maurice Brown
Maurice Brown
Maurice Brown
b.1981
trumpet
, Hip to Bop (Soul'd U Out);

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