“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt.” – Jazz Times
“Every jazz fan likes to have a best-kept secret, but if there’s any musical justice, we should see a lot more of Charlie Wood.” - Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal
“Charlie Wood is that rarest of combinations, a singer who’s as soulful as his songwriting is smart. He’s also a wicked piano and B3 player.” – Harry Shearer
“This is an album that taps straight into the core of Wood’s formidable artistry.” - Jazzwise on New Souvenirs ****
“Charlie Wood embodies hepcat worldliness and bar room empathy; he’s got style, but also the wisdom that gives it heftiness.” – Jazz Review
Sunday, October 22nd
Memphis' Finest: Charlie Wood & Band
with Special Guest Chris Allard
Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Curtis Stigers - all household names and high profile performers. Then there’s unsung artists such as Memphis singer/songwriter/pianist Charlie Wood, who many critics feel deserves an equally high profile. When Paloma Faith shared the stage with him, she said of Charlie: "He's the essence of soul and blues."
A musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music, Charlie sent the audience into raptures when he guested with Chris Allard in January - and now he’s back for an evening of originals and covers with his own stellar seven-piece, who between them have performed with such luminaries as Bill Withers, Mose Allison, Mark Knopfler, Cedar Walton, Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter, Paloma Faith, Sting and Steely Dan.
In his early 20s, Charlie toured with legendary blues guitarist Albert King, before securing a long-term residency on Beale Street with his Hammond organ trio. He so impressed touring musicians such as B.B. King, Georgie Fame, Joey DeFrancesco and Mulgrew Miller, that they asked to sit in with him.
An accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter, Charlie’s albums have received stellar 4-star reviews, while one of his original compositions won first prize in the jazz category of 2015 American Songwriting Competition, and another, Never Gonna Stop New Orleans, was recorded by soul great Irma Thomas.
When first reviewing one of Charlie's gigs, Jazz Times said he had “the growl and moan of Eric Burdon, the otherworldly lilt of Donald Fagen and the scorched majesty of Kurt Elling,” while R2 Magazine opined that his well-honed, literate lyrics are “written with the technical precision and linguistic flair of a classic from the Great American Songbook.”
Charlie Wood (Piano/Keyboard/Vocals), Chris Allard (Electric Guitar), Julian Siegel (Tenor Saxophone), Freddie Gavita (Trumpet), Mark Nightingale (Trombone), Dudley Philips (Double Bass), Nic France (Drums).
Watch Charlie and his band performing Tube, and then solo performing Stay With Me from his forthcoming album.
Tickets £15 / £13 Concessions. Sorry, no Jazz Express Offer on this concert
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm