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Music Education Last Updated: Jun 26th, 2009 - 00:12:06

Maryland Middle School Jazz Band Opens for Premier Vibraphonist, Chuck Redd
By Staff Writer
May 19, 2006, 14:14

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The Takoma Park Middle School Reunion Jazz Band was the opening act for premier vibraphonist Chuck Redd during a special fundrasier for the school's PTA on Monday, May 22, 2006.

Redd performed with pianist Robert Redd and bassist. James King. Jazz fans from near and far were in attendance. A TPMS PTA represetative told the event will help to raise funds for a much needed sound system to be used during eduational activities and events.

Redd has made more than 50 recordings throughout his career. His latest album, "Happy All The Time," pays tribute to his mentor, the late jazz guitarist Barney Kessel. The album features five compositions by Kessel and other favorite pieces recorded by the artist. Redd has toured and performed with a host of jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland and Charlie Byrd. In addition to performing, Redd leads educational workshops and gives lectures around the country. He is currently an Artist-In-Residence at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park and a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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