Joshua Redman

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Joshua Redman
Redman performing at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2017
Redman performing at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2017
Background information
Born (1969-02-01) February 1, 1969 (age 52)
Berkeley, California
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrumentstenor, alto and soprano saxophones, keyboards
LabelsWarner Bros., Nonesuch
Associated actsJames Farm, Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, Umphrey's McGee, Soulive
Websitewww.joshuaredman.com

Joshua Redman (born February 1, 1969) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Joshua Redman was born in Berkeley, California, to jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer and librarian Renee Shedroff.[1] He is Jewish.[2][3] 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. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics and instruments and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later. Redman cites John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley, his father Dewey Redman, as well as the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, the Police and Led Zeppelin as musical influences.[4]

Redman graduated from Berkeley High School,[5] class of 1986, after having been a part of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for all four years of high school. After graduation, Joshua frequented the classroom jam sessions of Bay Area pianist and professor of music (at Laney College in Oakland, California), Ed Kelly. It was there that he performed alongside saxophonist Robert Stewart.[6]

In 1991, he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. He had already 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 relocated to Brooklyn, and they were looking for another housemate to help with the rent. Redman accepted their invitation to move in, and almost immediately he found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene. He began jamming and gigging regularly with some of the leading jazz musicians of his generation and that of his father, including Brad Mehldau, Peter Martin, Mark Turner, Peter Bernstein, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Kevin Hays, Jorge Rossy, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins, among others.

Redman won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1991, and began focusing on his musical career. He was signed by Warner Bros. Records and issued his first self-titled album in the spring of 1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. He continued to develop his style throughout the 1990s, beginning with a sideman appearance on Elvin Jones' Youngblood alongside Javon Jackson, 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; this group then toured 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. The trio debuted under the moniker Yaya3, producing one album under this name. The same group of musicians made up the core on Redman's Elastic album, before becoming known as the Joshua Redman Elastic Band. Some of his works were featured on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s. Redman performed in a fictitious supergroup, "The Louisiana Gator Boys", in the 1998 film Blues Brothers 2000, performing on "How Blue Can You Get?" and "New Orleans".

2000s[edit]

In 1999, Joshua Redman was immortalized in the children's TV show Arthur on PBS. He appeared in the tenth episode of the fourth season, where it was rumored by the characters that he would get in a fight with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who also appeared in the episode.

In 2000, Redman was named Artistic Director for the Spring Season of the non-profit jazz-presenting organization SFJAZZ. Redman co-founded the SFJAZZ with Executive Director Randall Kline, as the SFJAZZ Collective, an ensemble distinguished by the creativity of its members and a primary emphasis on composition.

Redman performing at the Aarhus Jazz Festival in 2009

In 2004, Redman first sat in with Umphrey's McGee at their performance in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Paradise Rock Club.[7] Redman has collaborated with Umphrey's McGee around 20 times since,[8] including an all-improvised set in Madison, Wisconsin[9] in January 2016.

In 2006, he performed with the New Zealand Symphony orchestra in composer John Psathas' concerto for saxophone and drumkit, Omnifenix, which was released in Rattle Records' album, View from Olympus. The album won Best Classical Album for 2007 in the New Zealand music awards.

Joshua Redman at Seattle's Jazz Alley in April 2009

In March 2007, Redman announced that he was taking a hiatus from both the SFJAZZ Artistic Directorship and the SFJAZZ Collective in order to focus on new projects. In April 2007, Nonesuch released Redman's first ever piano-less trio record, Back East, featuring Joshua alongside three bass and drum rhythm sections (Larry Grenadier & Ali Jackson, Christian McBride & Brian Blade, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland) and three guest saxophonists (Chris Cheek, Joe Lovano and Dewey Redman). His January 2009 release, Compass, continued the trio tradition, and even included some tracks with a double-trio setup, featuring saxophone, two basses and two drummers.

2010s[edit]

Starting in late 2009, Redman began performing with a new collaborative band called James Farm, featuring pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland. They released their first self-titled album on April 26, 2011 and their follow-up album, City Folk on October 27, 2014.

In 2011, Redman was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.[10][11]

In early 2013, it was announced that Redman would release a new collection of vintage and contemporary ballads featuring a jazz quartet and an orchestral ensemble titled Walking Shadows. Produced by Redman's friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau, the album also features Larry Grenadier (bass) and Brian Blade (drums). It was released on May 7, 2013 on Nonesuch. About Walking Shadows, the New York Times says "there hasn’t been a more sublimely lyrical gesture in his 20-year recording career."

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Redman joined a group of jazz all-stars onstage at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, to pay tribute to honoree Herbie Hancock in performance. The event aired on December 29, 2013 on CBS.

In 2015, Redman received his third Grammy nomination for his solo on "Friend or Foe" from the album The Bad Plus Joshua Redman.

In addition to his own projects, Redman has recorded and performed with musicians including Joey Alexander, Brian Blade, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Goldings, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Roy Haynes, Billie Higgins, Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, Geoff Keezer, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz, DJ Logic, Joe Lovano, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, John Medeski, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Paul Motian, Meshell Ndegeocello, Leon Parker, Nicholas Payton, John Psathas, Simon Rattle, Dewey Redman, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Rhyne, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Mark Turner, McCoy Tyner, Umphrey’s McGee, US3, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder and Sam Yahel.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of studio albums with details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[12]
US
Jazz

[13]
US
Trad.
Jazz

[14]
US
Class.

[15]
Choices
(with Dewey Redman)
Joshua Redman 40 3
Wish
  • Released: September 21, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming
6 1
The Prophet Speaks
(with Milt Jackson and Joe Williams)
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Qwest
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming
21
Freedom in the Groove
  • Released: September 20, 1996
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming
27 6 1
Timeless Tales (For Changing Times)
  • Released: September 22, 1998
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
10 2
Beyond
  • Released: April 4, 2000
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming
47 5 2
Elastic
  • Released: September 10, 2002
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
16 4
Back East
  • Released: April 24, 2007
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
12 5
Compass
  • Released: January 13, 2009
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
34 4 4
Walking Shadows
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
16 4 3
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
(with The Bad Plus)
  • Released: May 26, 2015
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
13 8 5
Nearness
(with Brad Mehldau)
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download, streaming
19 6 5
Still Dreaming
(featuring Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade)
  • Released: May 25, 2018
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download, streaming
25 2 2
Sun on Sand
(with Brooklyn Rider)
  • Released: October 4, 2019
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
16 10 9
RoundAgain
(with Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade)
  • Released: July 10, 2020
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
7 5

As featured artist[edit]

List of studio albums with details
Title Details
African Venus
(Dewey Redman featuring Joshua Redman)
Triumph
(Ferenc Nemeth featuring Lionel Loueke, Joshua Redman and Kenny Werner)
  • Released: September 25, 2012
  • Label: Dreamers Collective
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming

As Joshua Redman Quartet[edit]

List of studio albums with details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[12]
US
Jazz

[13]
US
Trad.
Jazz

[14]
MoodSwing
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming
20 7 2
Passage of Time
  • Released: March 27, 2001
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
6 4
Come What May
  • Released: March 29, 2019
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
12 2 2

As Joshua Redman Elastic Band[edit]

List of studio albums with details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Jazz

[13]
US
Trad.
Jazz

[14]
Momentum
  • Released: May 24, 2005
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
8 4

With Yaya3[edit]

List of studio albums with details
Title Details
Yaya3
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Loma
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming

With James Farm[edit]

James Farm

With Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland

  • James Farm (Nonesuch, 2011)
  • City Folk (Nonesuch, 2014)


Live albums[edit]

List of live albums with details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Jazz

[13]
US
Trad.
Jazz

[14]
Blues for Pat: Live In San Francisco
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Jazz Door
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
Spirit of the Moment – Live at the Village Vanguard
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
21 7
Captured Live!
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Jazz Door
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
Trios Live
  • Released: June 17, 2014
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
6 4

As sideman[edit]

With others

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Result Category Work Reference
DownBeat Critics Poll 1993 Won Tenor Saxophonist [citation needed]
1994 Won Jazz Artist of the Year
Won Album of the Year Wish
2011 Won Tenor Saxophone Himself
Grammy Awards 1994 Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group Joshua Redman
1998 Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group Remembering Bud Powell
2006 Nominated Best Contemporary Jazz Album Momentum
2008 Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group Back East
2016 Nominated Best Improvised Jazz Solo "Friend or Foe"
2017 Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Album Nearness
2019 Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Album Still Dreaming
2020 Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Album Come What May
2021 Nominated Best Improvised Jazz Solo "Moe Honk"
Nominated Best Jazz Instrumental Album RoundAgain
JazzTimes 1992 Won Best New Artist Himself [citation needed]
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition 1991 Won N/A Himself [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hitchner, Earle (May 19, 2000). "Sax Man Joshua Redman Wails About Life". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (June 2, 2009). "This is What Happens When Blacks and Jews Get Together". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Redman, Joshua (April 7, 2015). "admittedly, i'm jewish, so not totally clear on how all this works". Twitter. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bio". Joshuaredman.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Joshua Redman". Pbs.org.
  6. ^ KOHLHAASE, BILL (January 31, 1995). "A Young Saxman Gets Sound Advice From Jazz Giants". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Umphrey's McGee - Music - Setlists - Stats". All Things Umphrey's McGee. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Umphrey's McGee Goes Full Metal Jacket in LA + Interview". Popmatters.com. May 6, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Umphrey's McGee Plays All-Improv Set With Joshua Redman In Madison [Video/Gallery]". Liveforlivemusic.com. January 29, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Independent Music Awards – Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on September 4, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Joshua Redman — Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  13. ^ a b c d "Joshua Redman — Chart History: Jazz Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d "Joshua Redman — Chart History: Traditional Jazz Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  15. ^ "Joshua Redman — Chart History: Classical Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  16. ^ "Competition – Past Winners and Judges". Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013.

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