Joshua Redman arrived on the modern jazz scene seemingly out of nowhere. Although his father is respected saxophonist Dewey Redman, and although he had played in his Berkeley, California high school Jazz Ensemble, Redman had entertained no real visions of a musical career. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies in 1991, and was preparing to start his first semester at Yale Law School. Taking what was supposed to be a temporary detour to Brooklyn after his Harvard graduation, Redman began playing in New York’s thriving and competitive jazz scene. After gigging regularly for only five months, he took First Place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He then signed to Warner Brothers, and earned a Grammy nomination for his first album.
Redman is a world-renowned musician. He is widely regarded as a powerful and versatile saxophonist who is comfortable leading a jazz trio or quartet, working with rock-based electric jam bands (Umphrey’s McGee) or performing and recording with some of the most prestigious musicians in Jazz (Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano.)
Redman released Trios Live in June of this year. It’s a collection of songs recorded at the Jazz Standard in New York and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. We caught up with him during his recent run at Blues Alley, where he performed with Greg Hutchinson on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass.