Monday, February 01, 2010


Jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman was born on February 1, 1969, in Berkley,California to jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman and Renee Shedroff, he is both African American and Jewish American.

He was exposed to many kinds of music at the Center for World Music in Berkeley, where his mother studied South Indian dance. Some of his earliest lessons in music and improvisation were on recorder with gamelan player Jody Diamond.

Redman won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, also in 1991, and began focusing on his musical career. He continued to develop his style throughout the 1990s, beginning with a sideman appearance on Elvin Jones' Youngblood alongside Javon Jackson (recorded at Van Gelder studios in April 1991), and following up with an appearance on his father Dewey'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, including one with pianist Brad Mehldau until forming a new trio, Elastic, with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade.

He also appeared on Reading Rainbow episode 127 "Hip-Cat," in which Redman discussed with host Levar Burton the importance of music and how jazz had affected his life, which he followed with a live performance. Redman also performed on the soundtrack of the made for TV film "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story" (1995).

Redman was also an inaugural member of the Independente Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.

Joshua plays "Night in Tunisia"

Reference - Wikipédia

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