1969 – Joshua Redman was born February 1st in Berkeley, California.
1979 – At ten years old, Redman settled on the tenor saxophone; he had been exposed to it since birth and felt naturally drawn to the sound.
1986 – With straight A’s throughout high school, he graduated in Berkeley High School and was number one in his class.
1990 – He spent most of his time hanging out with musicians at the Berklee College of Music and participating in jam sessions. He also debuted with his father at the Village Vanguard.
1991 – Redman graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was accepted to Yale Law School. He was now on his way to a career in civil rights law or social work, but before jumping in, he took a year off.
– He performed at the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He won the contest and has since performed and/or recorded with Elvin Jones, Charles Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, the Mingus Dynasty and Big Band, Red Rodney, and Paul Motion, among many others.
1992 – He was also voted Best New Artist in the Jazz Times reader’s poll.