Personalities | Joshua Redman | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Tenor and soprano saxophones, b. 1969)
Joshua Redman neé Shedroff grew up in Berkley, California and played reeds throughout high school. He was accepted by Yale Law School, but his victory at the 1991 Thelonious Monk competition persuaded him to take up music professionally. He was quickly accepted by jazz elders, peers and audiences due to his strong, blunt tone, populist taste, articulate manner and voracious style. In 2000 he was appointed artistic director and artist-in-residence of the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and continues to record and tour widely.
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