Thursday Jazz: Joshua Redman

Words By J-man

Joshua Redman had always displayed superior abilities in many areas. After graduating from Harvard, he was accepted to Yale Law, but decided to defer entrance for what he thought would only be a year. Moving to Brooklyn, NY, he was immersed in the jazz community and began gigging with some of the greats including Roy Hargrove.

In 1991, Joshua won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition which thrust him into pursuing music as a career full time. He was signed to Warner Bros. Records and recorded his first album in 1993, earning himself his first Grammy. Following the Grammy he recorded and toured with such names as Pat Metheny, Christian McBride, Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade.

In early the early 2000s, Joshua was involved in the creation of the SFJAZZ Collective. Redman also performed on many television shows and soundtracks following his time with the collective. In the later part of the decade, Joshua focused on trio work and to this day continues to be one of the most respected saxophonists on the contemporary scene.


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