One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, saxophonist Joshua Redman “is unparalleled among horn players today” (JazzTimes). From McCoy Tyner to Brad Mehldau to The Bad Plus, Redman has collaborated with a diverse and prestigious list of musicians, all the while emerging as a modern jazz icon in his own right.
A Berkeley, California native, Joshua Redman has some powerfully artistic blood running through his veins, his dad being legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, and mom the acclaimed dancer Renee Shedroff. He began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later. The early influences of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley and his father, Dewey Redman, as well as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, The Police and Led Zeppelin drew Joshua more deeply into music.
Having graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Social Studies, he moved to New York with some friends instead of attending Yale Law School. Within months of moving to New York, he was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and soon he was touring and recording with jazz masters such as Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano and Pat Metheny.
In 1993 Redman was quickly signed by Warner Bros. Records and released his first, self-titled album in which earned him his first Grammy nomination. Over a series of celebrated recordings including Spirit of the Moment/Live at the Village Vanguard, Freedom in the Groove and Timeless Tales (for Changing Times), Redman established himself as one of the music’s most consistent and successful bandleaders. He has consistently garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone and has recorded and performed with such legends from Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock to Ray Brown and B.B. King to The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder.
A three time Grammy nominee, Redman’s most recent recording and performing projects include collaborations with The Bad Plus (The Bad Plus Joshua Redman in 2015) and pianist Brad Mehldau (2016’s Nearness). His current band includes pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers & drummer Gregory Hutchinson. The quartet’s music is provocative and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful, with a strong link to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and 1960s.
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