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Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman  Biography
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Joshua Redmanís meteoric rise to the top rungs of saxophone stardom has been a wonder to behold. At 31 years old, he has established himself as one of the best saxophonists of his generation through seven highly acclaimed records on Warner Brothers and a seemingly endless string of tour dates.

By now itís well known that Redman was fresh out of Harvard on his way to a law degree when he made a hairpin turn into a career in Jazz. Thoughtful and serious even at that tender age, he explained it simply. "Jazz is a calling... not a rational decision, (but) spiritual and emotional."

Given his ancestry, itís no wonder that such important values have been instilled in him. His father, tenor great Dewey Redman, was a member of Ornette Colemanís group and the cooperative Old and New Dreams, and provided the younger Redman one of his first touring opportunities.

Shortly thereafter, Joshua won the 1991 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition, resulting in a contract with Warner Brothers, and the Redman mission was launched into orbit. Heís continued to travel the globe, pursuing a myriad of projects toward his ultimate artistic goals.

Articulate and well versed on the alto AND tenor, along with soprano, his sense of adventure has taken him into explorations of fresh territory with each new project and album. His latest recording, "Beyond," is a collection of ten originals that utilizes an array of colors, with Eastern modality, collective improvisation, odd time signatures and deep grooves contributing to an album that epitomizes Redmanís spiritual search for meaning. Elements of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon and Lester Young have all been woven into his personal sound.

Committed to Jazz, not just his career, Joshua was also Artistic director and artist-in-residence for the San Francisco Jazz Festivalís SFJAZZ Spring Season 2000. A native of the Bay area, Redman has lived in New York for the past decade.

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