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Joshua Redman

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Joshua Redman (born February 1, 1969) is a prominent American jazz saxophonist who records for Nonesuch Records.

Redman, who is Black and Jewish, was born in Berkeley, California. He is the son of jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman. He is a graduate of Berkeley High School. Then in 1991 he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Redman won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition the same year and began focusing on his musical career. Redman continued to develop his style through the 1990s, beginning with a sideman appearance on his father’s 1992 record Choices. On his sophomore effort as a leader, Wish, he was joined by a notable lineup consisting of guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Billy Higgins. He continued to work with various quartets until forming a new trio, Elastic, with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade.

In addition to his efforts with Elastic, he is the artistic director of San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Collective, which is considered by many to be an emerging geographic and philosophic rival to the stylistically neo-classicist Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.

Redman has also made a guest appearance on an episode of the TV show Arthur as the uncle of Francine, one of the main characters. The episode also depicts him in a boxing match against classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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  • gokunirvana

    Wonderful music! A great example of modern sax playing!

    3 Mar 5:56am Reply
  • mr_phillip

    The new album's a bit special.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • radiobicycle

    Redman, who is Black and Jewish - love this part of the bio

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ExtremeLila66

    He's coming to southern Germany in February 2012 ! Want to hear "Make Sure You're Sure" live. Please!

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • LSDelusions

    I really wanna see him live at some point. His playstyle is amazing and unique!

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • thenearestdoor

    I saw him give a clinic once, he's such a cool guy!

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • carolinagilmour

    I saw him yesterday, what an amazing concert! :)

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RenanAlonso

    I'll see him! \0/ June 10, in São Paulo!

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • Charis16

    Saw Joshua on the Freedom in the Groove tour in '96 - forgot that I had a date with me. One memorable concert out of hundreds!

    16 Sep 2010 Reply
  • thesahilarora

    Just saw the Joshua Redman Trio live in bombay. Brilliat set of musicians. Joshua was great as expected...was really impressed by the drummer as well.

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Yulemir

    Thought it would be good to introduce myself. Been playing keys for 26 years . Here are some of my tunes. http://www.last.fm/music/Yul+Emir. Be honoured if you take a listen. Ten eclectic tracks 1 free download.

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • drastarr

    Come to Boston, MA. US.

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • garylindquist

    Experienced the Joshua Redman Trio (Joshua Redman: Saxophones, Reuben Rogers: Bass, Greg Hutchinson, Drums) at the 2009 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. These same players accompany Redman on his recent 'Compass' release. Not only can this man play the horn with passion and intensity but he has the most amazing 'moves'.

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • evickad

    Just amazing today!! Thanks a lot for your wonderful concert in the Czech Republic. Hope to meet you again!!!

    19 Jul 2009 Reply
  • JPGarcia

    Wonderful concert yesterday also as a trio, near Lisbon. Thanks Joshua ;)

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
  • BieLis

    Genius!

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • moreaupat

    seen him and his band as a trio yesterday, neer paris, amazing !

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • kaanoner15

    His new album Compass is released..

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Bram_F.

    one of my all-time favorites.

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • AMonkz

    Goose bumps....

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
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