Joshua Redman (born February 1, 1969) is a prominent American Neo-bop jazz saxophonist who records for Nonesuch Records.
Redman, who is both African American and Jewish American, was born in Berkeley, California, to the late jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman and his wife, Renee Shedroff. He graduated from Berkeley High School , class of 1986. In 1991 he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. He scored a perfect 180 on the LSAT and was admitted to Yale Law School. During college, he was called Josh Shedroff, Shedroff being his mother's maiden name.
Redman won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, also in 1991, and began focusing on his musical career. Redman continued to develop his style throughout the 1990s, beginning with a sideman appearance on his father'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; he would later tour this album as The Joshua Redman Quartet, featuring Christian McBride in place of Charlie Haden. He continued to work with various quartets until forming a new trio, Elastic, with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade. The trio debuted under the moniker, Yaya3, producing one album under this name. The same group of musicians made up the core on Joshua's "Elastic" album, before becoming known as the Joshua Redman Elastic Band. Some of his works were featured on The Weather Channel's Local On The 8s.
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 counterpart to the stylistically neo-classicist Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.
Born: February 1, 1969 in Berkeley, CA
Mother: Renee Shedroff
Father: Dewey Redman
Raised by his mother in Berkeley, CA
Pre-College Education: Berkeley Public Schools
Began playing saxophone in the 5th grade at the age of 10
1982 - 1986: Played with the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble
Undergraduate education: Harvard University (1987 - 1991), graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies
1991: Accepted to Yale Law School for matriculation, but requested and was granted a year deferment
Summer 1991: Moved to New York City to "take a year off" - Chose to pursue a life in music and never attended law school
November 1991: Won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition
Summer 1991 - Spring 1993: Toured and recorded extensively as a sideman
1993: Released first two records on Warner Bros - The Grammy-nominated Joshua Redman released in the Spring; Wish, featuring Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and Billie Higgins released in the Fall
1994 on: Toured extensively as a band leader
1994 - 2002: Released a total of seven records on Warner Bros. - Moodswing, Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard, Freedom in the Groove, Timeless Tales (for Changing Times), Beyond, Passage of Time and Elastic
2000: Became Artistic Director of the SFJAZZ Spring Season, a position held for seven years
2004: With SFJAZZ, conceived and organized the SFJAZZ Collective (a composer's "workshop" band dedicated to new music)
2004 - 2007: Served as Artistic Director of the SFJAZZ Collective
2005: Released first record on Nonesuch Records, the Grammy-nominated Momentum
April 2007: Released Back East, eleventh album as a band leader
1991 - present: Performed and recorded with artists such as: Brian Blade, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Goldings, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Roy Haynes, Billie Higgins, Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, Geoff Keezer, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Joe Lovano, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, John Medeski, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Paul Motian, MeShell Ndegeocello, Leon Parker, Nicholas Payton, John Psathas, Simon Rattle, Dewey Redman, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Rhyne, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Mark Turner, McCoy Tyner, Umphrey's McGee, US3, Cedar Walton, Bugge Wesseltoft, Stevie Wonder and Sam Yahel.
Appeared in the Robert Altman film Kansas City, wrote the original soundtrack to Louis Malle's last film, Vanya on 42nd Street, and played on the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood films Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Space Cowboys