Jazz Concert: Chuck and Robert Redd
December 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Holy Trinity Church will feature a jazz concert, with Chuck and Robert Redd on 17 December at 3 pm.
About the brothers:
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. In addition to performing, he has presented educational workshops and lectures around the country.
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.
Robert Redd, born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, began playing music as a trumpet player at the age of twelve, and began performing professionally while still in high school. While continuing to perform and study the trumpet, he began to develop a serious interest in the piano and decided to make the switch at age twenty-three. He re-established himself as a piano player and was soon very much in demand.
Robert was a member of the Keter Betts trio for 13 years, until Betts’ death in 2005. The trio performed many concerts and festivals and could frequently be heard at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley. They performed regularly throughout the school year at Wolf Trap as part of Early Learning Through the Arts, a program which Betts helped start and develop, presenting live music to young audiences. Robert is a member of the Wolf Trap Jazz Trio which continues to present this program.
From 1995-1998, Robert was pianist and musical director for singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin. While touring with Rankin, he performed with Michael Moore, Oscar Castro-Neves, Roy McCurdy and John B. Williams, among others. They appeared regularly at venues in New York City such as The Rainbow and Stars and The Bottom Line, and performed in the guest artist series with the U.S. Air Force Band at DAR-Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C.
Robert worked often as a member of the Charlie Byrd Trio, and can be heard on Charlie Byrd’s last recording, “For Louis”. Other recent recordings include “Bouquet Chorale” (Summit Records) featuring Marty Nau and legendary saxophonist Phil Woods, and “When Redd is Blue”, co-led with his brother, Chuck. Robert is also a QRS recording artist and has recorded two Pianomation CDs with fellow pianist Michael T. Jones for the New York-based company.
Freewill Offering accepted.