Chuck Redd – Vibes & Drums, Roswell Jazz Festival Musicians: Vibraphonist Chuck Redd began performing in 1980 and did so internationally for the following two decades with numerous jazz talents before recording his first album as a leader in 1999.
Chuck was our 2014 Roswell Jazz Festival Guest of Honor!
Redd began touring the globe and recording when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also joined The Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd and Herb Ellis). To his credit are 25 European tours and 6 tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli.
Redd was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Tormé All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Tormé, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times wrote: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.”
Redd is featured on over 75 recordings. Releases include his Arbors CDs, “The Common Thread,” “Happy All The Time: Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel,” and “All This and Heaven Too,” “Chopin Jazz” with Rossano Sportiello, “You’re My Everything” with Dick Hyman and Jay Leonhart, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” with vocalist/bassist Nicki Parrott.
Redd served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008. In addition to leading his own groups, he was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years.
Redd is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music and presents master classes, workshops and lectures around the country.
He currently lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife and son.
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