Sat. Aug 19, 2023
Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards
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 son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan), and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later.
In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard College and had already been accepted itno 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: Peter Bernstein, Kevin Hays, Geoff Keezer, Leon Parker, and Mark Turner (to name just a few). In November of that year, five months after moving to New York, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. This was only one of the more visible highlights from a year that saw Redman beginning to tour and record with jazz masters such as his father, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, and more.
Redman 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. His next recording, MoodSwing, was released in 1994, and it introduced his first permanent band, which included three other young musicians who have gone on to become some of the most influential artists in modern jazz: pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. A later edition of this ensemble included guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Chris Thomas and Blade. Joshua’s second acclaimed quartet, featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, was formed in 1998 and made its recorded debut on the 2000 album Beyond. The dynamic interplay and uncommon rapport of this group inspired Redman to write and record his first long-form composition, Passage of Time, which was released in 2001.
In addition to his own projects, Redman has recorded and performed with musicians such as Brian Blade, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma, Christian McBride, John Medeski, Brad Mehldau, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Rhyne, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, Stevie Wonder, and many more.
Joshua Redman has been nominated for 8 Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of
DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s
final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.
“There’s only a handful of naturally gifted musicians, and Joshua’ s one of them. Everytime you hear him, he’s at a higher level.”
NEW YORK TIMES
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