Joshua Redman

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Joshua Redman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for continually breaking new ground in jazz with creative and innovative performances. Redman has performed and recorded with notable jazz artists Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, Brad Mehldau, and Brian Blade, among many others.

Come hear this fantastic performance by the man who has been hailed by critics as “the most perfect tenor saxophonist alive today.” Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. He began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to the tenor saxophone a year later. After graduating from Harvard College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in social studies, Redman moved to Brooklyn and immediately found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene. Within five months of moving to New York, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.

Redman was quickly signed by Warner Bros. Records and issued his first, self-titled album in 1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. That fall saw the release of Wish, where he was joined by the all-star cast of Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. Additional recordings include MoodSwing, Beyond, Passage of Time, and the Grammy-nominated Momentum , among others.

Redman has received two Grammy nominations and 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 final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City. In addition, he has served as artistic director of the non-profit jazz-presenting organization SFJAZZ.


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