Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Curtis Stigers - all household names and high profile performers. Then there’s unsung artists such as Memphis bluesman Charlie Wood, who many critics feel deserves an equally high profile.
A musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music, Charlie is a singer who’s as soulful as his songwriting is smart, and a wicked piano player.
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), Ben Castle (Tenor Saxophone), Tom Walsh (Trumpet), Mark Nightingale (Trombone), Dudley Philips (Double Bass), Nic France (Drums).
“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt.” – Jazz Times
“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
Tickets: £15 / £13 concessions
Sorry, the Jazz Express offer does not apply to this concert.
Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm.