Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
Chuck Redd is a seasoned performer on both drums and vibraphone. He is currently the 2004-2005 Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington,DC. Chuck began performing internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. That year, he joined the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are twelve extensive European tours and five tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli.
Redd's career as a featured artist has earned critical acclaim:
Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While on tour with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: Redd's vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.
Jazz Times also praised Redd's playing on Charlie Byrd's 1999 release, My Inspiration calling his vibes work, Exquisite!
He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Red Norvo, Scott Hamilton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Terry Gibbs, and Joe Wilder to name a few.
Redd is featured on over 50 recordings. Recent releases include his own Arbors CD, All This and Heaven Too, featuring Gene Bertoncini and George Mraz, The Swing Kings, an all-star session featuring Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Ray Kennedy and Ken Peplowski, and Gypsy Soul, with Frank Vignola and Joe Byrd. He can also be heard on the sound track to the popular PBS television series, The Great Chefs, and the NPR broadcast Jazz Smithsonian.
Chuck's most noteworthy performances include an appearance with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Africa for the Namibian Independence Day Celebration, a recital at the White House with the Barney Kessel Trio, concerts at Carnegie Hall with Mel Torme, and the Tonight Show.
In addition to leading his own group and ensembles with his brother, pianist Robert Redd, Chuck is currently a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and frequently performs in New York City with many artists. He appears annually at the W.C. Handy Music Festival. In addition to performing, he has presented educational workshops and lectures around the country, often appearing with local bands, such as the SuperJazz Big Band in Birmingham, Alabama.
Chuck's brand new Arbors release is Happy All The Time, a tribute to his mentor, Barney Kessel. The CD features Monty Alexander, Jeff Hamilton, Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Robert Redd and Hassan Shakur.