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  • Joshua Redman (2001)

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    Saxophonist, Recording Artist, Composer

    Born: February 1, 1969 in Berkeley, CA

    Mother: Renee Shedroff

    Father: Dewey Redman

    Raised by his mother in Berkeley, CA

    Pre-College Education: Berkeley Public Schools

    Began playing saxophone in the 5th grade at the age of 10

    1982 - 1986: Played with the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble

    Undergraduate education: Harvard University (1987 - 1991), graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies

    1991: Accepted to Yale Law School for matriculation, but requested and was granted a year deferment

    Summer 1991: Moved to New York City to "take a year off" - Chose to pursue a life in music and never attended law school

    November 1991: Won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition

    Summer 1991 - Spring 1993: Toured and recorded extensively as a sideman

    1993: Released first two records on Warner Bros - The Grammy-nominated Joshua Redman released in the Spring; Wish, featuring Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and Billie Higgins released in the Fall

    1994 on: Toured extensively as a band leader

    1994 - 2002: Released a total of seven records on Warner Bros. - Moodswing, Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard, Freedom in the Groove, Timeless Tales (for Changing Times), Beyond, Passage of Time and Elastic

    2000: Became Artistic Director of the SFJAZZ Spring Season, a position held for seven years

    2004: With SFJAZZ, conceived and organized the SFJAZZ Collective (a composer's "workshop" band dedicated to new music)

    2004 - 2007: Served as Artistic Director of the SFJAZZ Collective

    2005: Released first record on Nonesuch Records, the Grammy-nominated Momentum

    April 2007: Released Back East, eleventh album as a band leader

    1991 - present: Performed and recorded with artists such as: 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, 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, Cedar Walton, Bugge Wesseltoft, Stevie Wonder and Sam Yahel.

    Appeared in the Robert Altman film Kansas City, wrote the original soundtrack to Louis Malle's last film, Vanya on 42nd Street, and played on the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood films Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Space Cowboys
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 John Coltrane A Love Supreme Resolution (Impulse)
    # 2 Miles Davis Nefertiti Nefertiti (Columbia)
    # 3 Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry Oscar Peterson Trio + One Blues for Smedley (Verve)
    # 4 Sonny Rollins Stockholm, 1959 St Thomas (Dragon)
    # 5 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Lonely Woman (Atlantic)
    # 6 Wayne Shorter Et Cetera Penelope (Blue Note)
    # 7 McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy Passion Dance (Blue Note)
    # 8 Weather Report Weather Report Volcano for Hire (Columbia)
    Book Ralph Ellison, "Invisible Man"
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