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Monday May 21, 2012

From The San Francisco Chronicle

Joshua Redman at Home Down on James Farm
By: Lee Hildebrand

Few have ever accused Joshua Redman of being a slacker. With the exception of a lone B, he earned straight A’s during his 16 years of schooling, and, since 1992, when he signed with Warner Bros. Records within a year of having graduated Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in social science, the Berkeley-born saxophonist has been one of the busiest and most visible players in jazz.

Yet, during an interview at a coffee shop near the North Berkeley home he shares with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children – Jardon, 6, and Aviah, 2 – he admits that between graduating valedictorian from Berkeley High in 1986 and entering Harvard on a full scholarship a year later he did “a whole lot of nothing.”

“I did what a lot of 17-year-olds would want to do,” Redman, 43, says. “I just hung out with my friends and partied.

“I guess I got it out of my system,” he adds.

The concave brim of the khaki cap covering his clean-shaven head neatly frames his light green eyes, long nose and wide, friendly grin.

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