Joshua Redman was born on February 1, 1969, in Berkeley, California. His father, Dewey Redman, was a jazz saxophonist and his mother, Renee Shedroff, was a singer. He has two sisters, Jessica and Rebecca. Redman was exposed to jazz at a young age through his father’s work. He began playing the saxophone when he was ten years old. Redman attended Berkeley High School, where he played in the jazz band. He then went on to study at Harvard University, where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1991.
Redman began his professional career as a sideman for such artists as Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Horace Silver. He released his first album as a leader, “Joshua Redman”, in 1992. The album was well-received by critics and helped to establish Redman as a leading voice in the jazz world. He has since released a number of highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including “Freedom in the Groove” (1996), “Beyond” (2000), and “Trio Grande” (2007).
Redman is also a member of the cooperative band “The Bad Plus”. The band has released eight albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Never Stop” (2010).
Redman has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (for his performance on the song “Ask Me Now” from the album “Beyond”), the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, and the Down Beat Critics Poll.
Redman has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He has been married to his wife, Lisa Meyer, since 2002. The couple has two children together.
Composer, Bandleader, Saxophonist
Harvard University, Berkeley High School
Dewey Redman, Renee Shedroff
Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album
James Farm, SFJAZZ Collective, The Atomic Bomb Band
Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, Porin Award for Best Foreign Jazz Music Album
Blues Brothers 2000, Vanya on 42nd Street, Eastwood After Hours, Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years, On Stage at World Cafe Live: Joshua Redman, Reading Rainbow: Music, Music, Everywhere