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African-American and Ashkenazic, son of saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman was born into a confluence of cultural backgrounds. He graduated from Harvard summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was accepted into Yale Law School before taking a one-year hiatus that never ended and took him into a phenomenal music career.
He toured with Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, Clark Terry, and his father, deciding to make music his life.
In addition to his own projects, Joshau has has since gone on to record and perform with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Brian Blade, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, The Dave Matthews Band, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Goldings, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Roy Haynes, Billie Higgins, Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, Geoff Keezer, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Joe Lovano, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, John Medeski, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Paul Motian, MeShell Ndegeocello, Leon Parker, Nicholas Payton, John Psathas, Simon Rattle, Dewey Redman, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Rhyne, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Mark Turner, McCoy Tyner, Umphrey’s McGee, US3, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder, Sam Yahel, and others.
Joshua has been nominated for two Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics' and readers' polls in DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.
His latest recording is together with Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland -- in an ensemble called "James Farm" -- eponymously entitled and released via Nonesuch.
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