Drummer, vibraphonist, and educator. Born in Silver Spring, Maryland. Brother of pianist Robert Redd; father of guitarist Charlie Redd.
Studied drums beginning at age 10 and began playing vibraphone in high school. Beginning in 1976 Redd encountered many artists at the Villa Rosa Showboat club near his family home. Sat in with Al Cohn at 1976 Manassas Jazz Festival. He attended Montgomery College and studied with Bill Potts, who recommended him to Charlie Byrd. In 1980, at age 21 he became a member of Byrd’s trio, playing with the guitarist for 19 years, and also performing with Great Guitars. Connections with Byrd, Barney Kessel, Mel Torme, Ken Peplowski led to other work.
For 15 years he was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Redd is on the music faculty of the University of Maryland.