"Allard dodges any jazz-bluesy rock clichés on his

electric solo with

a bold, rounded sound and patiently-shaped sense of melodic direction."

- Jazzwise

"Rocking with bluesy angular lines . . . somewhere between Scofield and Carlton, with a dash of fleet-footing Martino . . .  bebop is far from being Allard’s only brush." - Guitarist on Invisible Landscape

"Invisible Landscape is a brave album built

on artistic integrity, framed by Allard’s inventive musical vision and realised by the band’s technical and improvisational excellence."

-Get Ready to Rock

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Sunday, September 26th


Chris Allard Quartet

+ Special Guest Charlie Wood

(Rescheduled from September 27th, 2020)

For our second contribution to this year's Roman River Festival, it's a case of Wivenhoe meets Memphis, when guitarist Chris Allard returns to the club with acclaimed American bluesman Charlie Wood


". . . impeccable, whether playing acoustic guitar or finding variety in a whole range of subtle effects,” wrote London Jazz about Chris, while Charlie's voice was described by Jazz Times as having “the growl and moan of Eric Burdon, the otherworldly lilt of Donald Fagen, and the scorched majesty of Kurt Elling.”



Described by the legendary Pat Martino as “a real guitar player”, and by Jamie Cullum as "one of the great guitarists in this country", Chris cites Pat Metheny, Radiohead and Miles Davis among his influences, and while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, his group encompasses elements of rock, World, classical, blues and folk. 


A former member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Chris has worked with a vast and varied number of artists - from Jacqui Dankworth, Gwyneth Herbert, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Carleen AndersonClaire Martin and Jamie Cullum, to Madeline Bell, Il Divo, Lea SalongaGwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band and Ken Peplowski


A musician whose playing is both lyrical and understated, Chris will be performing material from his soon-to-be released follow-up to Invisible Landscape, plus compositions from his previous albums - all of which garnered a plethora of plaudits in Jazzwise, Musician and Guitarist - and Charlie will making his contribution too!



We're delighted to welcome back Chris’ special guest, Charlie Wood, who went down a storm last time he guested and again when he returned with his seven-piece band.

An accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter, Charlie has received stellar reviews for his original releases, including Southbound, Who I Am, Flutter and Wow, and New Souvenirs.


Charlie's latest offering, Tomorrow Night, has also garnered superb reviews, such as this from R2 magazine: "It’s here that jazz intimately copulates with Blues, New Orleans-easy with Memphis kick, well-honeyed horns and spiralling trumpet. This is smoky, sighing, late-night soul from Beale Street to East McLemore Avenue, a members-only party for the sad and lonely."  

A musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music, Charlie embodies a hepcat worldliness and bar room empathy, with the style and wisdom that gives it heftiness, while his lean, unblemished voice has the high, lonesome timbre of a dedicated bluesman.

A singer who’s as soulful as his songwriting is smart and a wicked piano player, Charlie's composition, Promised Land, won the Jazz category in the 2015 US Songwriters’ Competition.

Chris Allard (Guitar), Charlie Wood (Piano/Vocals), Dave Whitford (Double Bass), Nick Smalley (Drums).  

“Pour yourself a whiskey, pull the shades, turn off the lights and bathe in this beauty. Soul, Blues, Charlie is a charmer.

- Rock Remedy

“. . . a lean, unblemished voice which has the high, lonesome timbre

of a dedicated bluesman.” 

New Statesman

“Remember the

first time you

heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits?  Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt.”

- Jazz Times

“. . . has the artistry and class material to shrink any venue to an intimate club in vibe and warmth.” 

- Just Listen to This