22 Facts About Joshua Redman


Joshua Redman was born on February 1,1969 and is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.


Joshua Redman is the son of jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman.


Joshua Redman was born in Berkeley, California, to jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer and librarian Renee Shedroff.


Joshua Redman was exposed to many kinds of music at the Center for World Music in Berkeley, where his mother studied South Indian dance.


Joshua Redman was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics and instruments and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later.


Joshua Redman graduated from Berkeley High School, class of 1986, after having been a part of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for all four years of high school.


Joshua Redman had already been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year.

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Joshua Redman accepted their invitation to move in, and almost immediately he found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene.


Joshua Redman began jamming and gigging regularly with some of the leading jazz musicians of his generation and that of his father, including Brad Mehldau, Peter Martin, Mark Turner, Peter Bernstein, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Kevin Hays, Jorge Rossy, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins, among others.


Joshua Redman won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1991, and began focusing on his musical career.


Joshua Redman continued to develop his style throughout the 1990s, beginning with a sideman appearance on Elvin Jones' Youngblood alongside Javon Jackson, and following up with an appearance on his father Dewey's 1992 record Choices.


On his second album as a leader, Wish, he was joined by a notable lineup consisting of guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins; this group then toured as The Joshua Redman Quartet, featuring Christian McBride in place of Charlie Haden.


Joshua Redman continued to work with various quartets, including one with pianist Brad Mehldau until forming a new trio, Elastic, with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade.


In 1999, Joshua Redman was immortalized in the children's TV show Arthur on PBS.


Joshua Redman appeared in the tenth episode of the fourth season, where it was rumored by the characters that he would get in a fight with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who appeared in the episode.


In 2000, Joshua Redman was named Artistic Director for the Spring Season of the non-profit jazz-presenting organization SFJAZZ.


Joshua Redman co-founded the SFJAZZ with Executive Director Randall Kline, as the SFJAZZ Collective, an ensemble distinguished by the creativity of its members and a primary emphasis on composition.


In 2004, Joshua Redman first sat in with Umphrey's McGee at their performance in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Paradise Rock Club.


Joshua Redman has collaborated with Umphrey's McGee around 20 times since, including an all-improvised set in Madison, Wisconsin in January 2016.


In March 2007, Joshua Redman announced that he was taking a hiatus from both the SFJAZZ Artistic Directorship and the SFJAZZ Collective in order to focus on new projects.


In 2011, Joshua Redman was an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.


On Sunday, December 8,2013, Joshua Redman joined a group of jazz all-stars onstage at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, to pay tribute to honoree Herbie Hancock in performance.