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Horn of plenty

"Part of the fun of jazz is creating your own structure and interest,” says world-class saxophonist Joshua Redman. Skidmore’s second McCormack Visiting Artist-Scholar, he was on campus for a week in October, working with student musicians and presenting a standing-room-only concert with bassist Rueben Rogers and drummer Ali Jackson.

After graduating from Harvard, Redman declined acceptance to Yale Law School in 1991 to take a year off to study and play jazz in New York City. Later that year he won the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, and in 1992 was voted Best New Artist in a Jazz Times readers’ poll. Law was left in the dust: “It was really easy to drop,” Redman confessed. “I was one of the unfortunate many who think about going to law school because they don’t know what else to do.”

In the last decade he’s recorded nine albums, been nominated for a Grammy, and won numerous polls in DownBeat and Rolling Stone magazines. But he remains modest about a key component of jazz: “Improvising? It’s a battlefield, man. A lot of times I struggle for inspiration. It takes courage—but really, it’s just telling your story in the moment, as you feel it.” —MTS