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Joshua Redman is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was born in Berkeley, California in 1969. Redman won the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1991, and began focusing on a musical career. Redman continued to develop his style throughout the 1990a, beginning with a sideman appearance on Elvin Jones, Youngblood, recorded in 1991. He later founded The Joshua Redman Quartet. On his second album as a leader, Wish, he was joined by a notable lineup consisting of guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins; he would later tour this album as The Joshua Redman Quartet, featuring Christian McBride in place of Charlie Haden. He continued to work with various quartets, including one with pianist Brad Mehldau until forming a new trio, Elastic, with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade. The trio debuted under the moniker Yaya3, producing one album under this name. The same group of musicians made up the core on Redman's Elastic album, before becoming known as the Joshua Redman Elastic Band.