Today on the show I speak with Josh Redman who is the Clarinet Product Specialist with D’Addario Woodwinds. We discuss Josh’s role at D’Addario, what it was like studying with Kal Oppermann, and, of course, we speak extensively about the “new era of craftmanship” at D’Addario Woodwinds and how this mentality affects their reeds, mouthpieces, and other products.
- What’s does a typical day at the office look like for you?
- How do you feel being a clarinetist has helped you with your role?
- Studying with Kal Oppermann and Larry Guy
- and more
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Josh Redman Biography
Josh Redman is the Clarinet Product Specialist with D’Addario and Company, Inc. and the co-founder of the industry-leading D’Addario Woodwinds Method Program.
He has been invited to speak on the subjects of music business and clarinet pedagogy and equipment at The Boston Conservatory, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, The College of St. Rose, the New York All State Conference, Syracuse University, and public schools across the country.
His primary mentors include author and pedagogue Larry Guy, recording artist Lawrence Sobol, and the late, renowned Kalmen Opperman. Josh performs and maintains an active private studio on Long Island, where he resides.
About D’Addario Woodwinds
In 2004, Rico was acquired by D’Addario & Co, the world’s foremost manufacturer of musical instrument accessories. A family owned and operated business, D’Addario’s success is built on a passion for innovation and quality. The research and development arm of D’Addario is one of its strongest assets. Headed by James D’Addario, its engineering department has accumulated many important manufacturing and product patents in the field.
The late 1960s brought another generation of D’Addarios into the family business, with John D’Addario, Jr. the first addition to the fold. John D’Addario Sr.’s five children were no strangers to the string business. Just like the generations before them, they too had helped even as children. All can recount stories of warm nights spent sitting around the kitchen table, drinking coffee and watching The Honeymooners, helping to coil the strings and stuff them into marked envelopes.
As a result, D’Addario has infused millions of dollars of new technology and quality control at Rico. Every aspect of Rico’s reed-making process has been redeveloped — from the plantation to the reed making machines, and everything in between.
Rico’s passion for quality and commitment to artistry has created a revolution among players. Rico is now the reed of choice among all levels of clarinetists and saxophonists, played in the world’s most prestigious symphonies, conservatories, and jazz clubs.
In 2006, Rico developed the world’s most precise, fully automated reed blanking machine. Each blank produced is measured to tolerances smaller than the thickness of a human hair. The table of every blank is polished smooth so it sits flat on the mouthpiece table, creating a prefect seal. (Credit)
For a full history of D’Addario Woodwinds, please click here.