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Chuck Redd



Biography

Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. Mr. Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also joined the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 20 European tours and five tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs, and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, D.C. from 2004-2008. Mr. Redd was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: “Redd's vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.”

In 2007 Mr. Redd was featured with the prestigious Milt Jackson Tribute Band. Other recent engagements include jazz cruises in the Mediterranean, stints with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski at Dizzy's Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center), headlining with his trio at The River Room of Harlem, and performances at Smalls in New York City. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Dick Hyman, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Red Norvo, Scott Hamilton, Mickey Roker and Frank Vignola.

Mr. Redd is featured on more than 75 recordings. Recent releases include his Arbors CD, All This and Heaven Too, featuring Gene Bertoncini and George Mraz, Chopin Jazz with Rossano Sportiello and recording with Dick Hyman and Jay Leonhart and an upcoming CD release with vocalist/bassist Nicki Parrott. He can also be heard on the sound track to the popular PBS television series, The Great Chefs of New Orleans, and the NPR broadcast Jazz Smithsonian.

Mr. Redd’s career highlights include a concert with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Africa for the Namibian Independence Celebration, a recital at the White House with the Barney Kessel Trio, concerts at Carnegie Hall with Mel Torme's Quintet, and The Tonight Show. In 2008, he was featured in the finale concert at The Lionel Hampton International Jazz festival with The Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

In addition to leading his own groups, Mr. Redd was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. He frequently performs in New York City and headlines nationally at festivals and clubs. Mr. Redd is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music and presents master classes, workshops and lectures around the country.

His Arbors CD Happy All The Time, is a critically acclaimed tribute to his mentor, Barney Kessel and features Monty Alexander, Jeff Hamilton, and Howard Alden. Mr. Redd's Noteworthy CD, When Redd is Blue is a collaboration with his brother Robert, featuring saxophonist Harry Allen.  Mr. Redd's brand new, 2011 Arbors release, The Common Thread features Mickey Roker, Bob Cranshaw, Houston Person and Rossano Sportiello.

Upcoming Performances

Video 12/25/2017: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Join in the 19th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores King Williams.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/25/2016: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Join in the 18th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, pianist Robert Redd, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Video 6/15/2016: Rhythm in Redd

As part of the 2016 DC Jazz Festival, drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd presents an evening of jazz music with his “Rhythm in Redd.”

Presented as part of the 2016 DC Jazz Festival Dis is ‘Da Drum series.

Video 11/9/2014: The Brazilian Jazz All-Stars

Duduaka Da Fonseca (drums), Maucha Adnet (vocals), Helio Alves (piano), and Chuck Redd (vibraphone) are internationally acclaimed musicians of the highest caliber.

Video 7/7/2014: Chuck Redd with Graham Dechter

The vibraphonist and guitarist offer a jazz jam session.

Video 12/25/2013: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Host Chuck Redd leads this festive annual tradition, now in its 15th year, featuring D. C. favorites drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Video 12/25/2011: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its 13th year—with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Chuck Redd