Joshua Redman

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About Joshua Redman

A standard-bearer in early-21st-century post-bop, saxophonist Joshua Redman is firmly entrenched as one of the most agile and popular figures in small group jazz, a measured improviser at ease in many contemporary settings. Redman was born in 1969 and raised in Berkeley, California, his youth steeped in the arts. After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard he settled in Brooklyn, where he forged close professional bonds with fellow up-and-coming figures like bassist Christian McBride and pianist Brad Mehldau, with whom he has continued to work off and on over the years. As the son of the superb tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman—who famously worked with Ornette Coleman—he received early scrutiny and attention, but after performing and recording briefly with his father, Joshua stepped out on his own with his eponymous 1993 debut, made with a group of peers. That same year he released Wish, featuring an all-star lineup of guitarist Pat Metheny, double bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Billy Higgins. In 2000 he co-founded the repertory group SFJAZZ Collective, working in the project until 2007. Redman has worked with the Bad Plus as well as the contemporary classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider, but is best known for his ongoing partnerships with Mehldau, McBride, and drummer Brian Blade, a collective that has produced several strong albums including the 2022 release LongGone.

Berkeley, CA, United States
February 1, 1969

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