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Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers

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From the veteran vibes Chuck Redd we rocket into this week's episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we peer into the influences into Chuck's life with cats like Charlie Byrd and Count Basie. We take a good look into the life and music of Paul Serrato and Ashley Pezzotti and pay respects to a couple of artist that left us recently, Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers. Finally, we get some licks in from Godwin Louis and Slam Stewart.

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Chuck Redd: Groove City

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How do you get into the zone, where do your thoughts travel, and what realm do you occupy when playing and recording? The answer to that multi-pronged question, while no doubt slightly different for every musician, can be boiled down fairly easily. To paraphrase Chuck Redd's thoughts on the matter, you just appreciate the moment and travel right down to Groove City. The sixth album from this veteran vibraphonist finds him practicing exactly what he preaches, zeroing ...

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Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Chuck Redd The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 4th & 5th, 2019 Whenever pianist Kevin Bales comes in from Atlanta to play The Jazz Corner he brings with him a great band and an inventive theme. Whether it's a centennial celebration of the blues or the music of Fred Rogers he never fails to find a sound to vary his presentation and stretch his own tremendous skill. On his most ...

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Chuck Redd: Happy All the Time

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The complete title of this carefree and charming studio date is Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel. The reasons why are many. Here are two: first, Redd worked with Kessel from 1980-91 as a drummer in the Great Guitars group and in Kessel's trio, during which time the two became close friends; even more than that, says Kessel's widow, Phyllis, Redd was “like another son" to her husband. As for the album's title, Redd writes, Kessel's watchword to the end of ...

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Take Five with Chuck Redd

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About Chuck Redd Chuck Redd is an internationally well-known performer on both drums and vibraphone. He began his career when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd, and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. Redd ...

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Chuck Redd: Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All The Time

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Vibraphonist and drummer Chuck Redd pays tribute to a close friend and one of his musical fathers, the late legendary jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, on this recording featuring five Kessel compositions and other favorite standards recorded by the guitarist. A much in-demand drummer featured on fifty recordings throughout his career, Redd plays the drums on only two of these twelve tracks, really demonstrating the depth of his talents on the vibes. A few other veteran musicians lend a touch of ...