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 Harl, 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 and others.
Mr. Redd is featured on more than 75 recordings. 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.
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