Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the song of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of music, and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later. But although Joshua loved playing the saxophone and was a dedicated member of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo from 1983-86, academics were always his first priority, and he never seriously considered becoming a professional musician.
After he graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies, he had been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year.
Some of his friends had recently moved to Brooklyn, so he decided to join them. He began jamming and gigging, and almost instantly ended up on the map of NYC’s jazz scene. Soon he was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, and began playing with musicians such as Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, Bill Frisell, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Brad Mehldau and many more.
He published 20 albums, had 2 Grammy nominations, and had outstanding critics from world-class music magazines that had positioned him as one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of today.