Joshua Redman

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Joshua Redman, North Sea Jazz Festival 2007

Joshua Redman (born February 1, 1969 in Berkeley , California ) is an American jazz saxophonist.

Live and act

Joshua Redman, Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2017

The son of saxophonist Dewey Redman attended Berkeley High School , where he played in the school jazz band under Charles Hamilton , and studied from 1987 to 1991 at Harvard University . There he worked during the semester break with musicians from the Berklee College of Music and had a performance with Delfeayo Marsalis .

In 1991 he went to New York City , where he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition . In the following years he performed with musicians such as Elvin Jones , Charlie Haden , Jack DeJohnette , Pat Metheny and Roy Hargrove .

In 1992 he worked as a sideman on his father's album, Choices , with his debut album Joshua Redman released in 1993 . Since then he has released over ten albums under his own name. He founded his own quartet in the 1990s and formed the Joshua Redman Elastic Band in 2002 with Sam Yahel and Brian Blade . In 1998 Redman is a tenor saxophonist in the band The Louisiana Gator Boys (with Eric Clapton and BB King , among others ), which was created especially for the film Blues Brothers 2000 and can therefore also be seen in the film. In the 2000s he was musical director of the SFJazz Collective . In 2007 his studio album Back East was released , which was recorded in the classic trio style (saxophone, bass, drums) and contains oriental influences.


Sonny Rollins' greatest influence was on Joshua Redman. It should also be noted that Redman never closed himself off to pop music either. Pieces by Prince , the Beatles and Eric Clapton appear in his repertoire as well as songs by Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane or Kurt Weill's Moritat by Mackie Messer .

Discographic notes

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
RoundAgain (with Brad Mehldau , Christian McBride & Brian Blade )
  DE 43 07/17/2020 (1 week)
  CH 8th 07/19/2020 (2 weeks)

Web links

Commons : Joshua Redman  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Chart sources: Germany Switzerland
  2. ^ Gold / platinum database of the Federal Association of the Music Industry, accessed on June 25, 2016