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Charlie Wood
Charlie is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Charlie's early musical development was steeped in the blues and R&B music of his hometown. At 17, he headed down to New Orleans, spending several years soaking up the exotic piano traditions and lush lifestyle of the Big Easy.
Charlie's early twenties found him on the road as keyboard player for legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the US and Europe. Returning to his hometown, Wood soon established a long-standing residency at King's Palace on Memphis' historic Beale Street, performing nightly with his Hammond organ trio for many years. The gig became known to touring musicians and locals alike, attracting impromptu sit-ins from B.B. King, Georgie Fame, Joey DeFrancesco, George Coleman, Mulgrew Miller, Alvin Batiste, and many others.
In October 2014, Wood became the 136th recipient of a Brass Note on Beale Street, the Memphis equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Charlie is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter and has received stellar reviews for his original releases, including "Southbound" and "Who I Am" on Ben Sidran's GoJazz label and "Flutter and Wow" on Memphis-based Archer Records. His original song "Promised Land" won first prize in the 2015 U.S.A. Songwriting Competition (jazz category). Another original composition, "Never Gonna Stop New Orleans", was recorded by soul great Irma Thomas and included in Harry Shearer's documentary film, "The Big Uneasy".
Charlie is also becoming recognized as a talented and original arranger, with recent scores performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Brodsky Quartet, the Royal Marine Band, the Back To Basie Bigband, and others. He has also recently been made a Professor of the Guildhall School of Music, London, where he teaches voice and improvisation.
Now living in the UK with his wife, renowned jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie continues touring and recording regularly. Notable appearances have included the London Jazz Festival's Jazz Voice at the Barbican, BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Radio 2's Jools Holland Show and numerous other performances throughout the UK and Europe.
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Go Jazz GoJ 6023 2
Charlie Wood, piano, organ, vocals
Fred Ford, alto sax
Jim Spake, tenor sax
Scott Thompson, trumpet, flugelhorn
Tom Clary, trumpet
Steve Wenger, guitar
Joey Moore, bass
David Forrester, drums
New Born
Yellow Dog Records 1159
Calvin Newborn, guitar
Herman Green, sax, flute
Scott Thompson, trumpet
Donald Brown, piano
Charlie Wood, organ
London Branch, bass
Renardo Ward, drums
Inside Sounds ISC-0529
2006 in Memphis, TN/USA
Daddy Mack Orr, guitar, vocals
James Bonner, guitar
Malcolm Cullen, slide guitar
Brad Webb, guitar
Charlie Wood, Hammond organ, piano, Wurlitzer
Billy Gibson, harmonica
Harold Bonner, bass
William Faulkner, drums
Jeff Burch, percussion
The Memphis Hang
Summit Records DCD 502
Jim Shearer, tuba
Charlie Wood, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, vocals
Tom Clary, trumpet
Joey Restivo, guitar
Billy Gibson, harmonica
Tim Goodwin, bass
Tony Lonardo, drums
Live To Love
Specific Jazz SPEC 018
recorded May 2013 at the Blue Room in London/Great Britain
Jacqui Dankworth, vocals
Ben Castle, soprano sax, tenor sax
Chris Allard, guitar
Charlie Wood, organ, piano
Chris Wood, Fender Rhodes, organ
Ian Belton, violin
Daniel Rowland, violin
Paul Cassidy, viola
Jacqueline Thomas, cello
Geoff Gascoyne, bass, celeste
Ralph Salmins, drums
Paul Clarvis, percussion
3 Beat
Electrico 18 101015
Chris Wells, drums
Charlie Wood, piano, Hammond organ
Don Richardson, bass

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