Ahead of the release of the album Secret Sessions: Hoop on Ubuntu Music this autumn, the single of my track Ocean Mirage is released worldwide – here is sampling link to the track:
More about the album here:
Very excited about the long-awaited launch concert for HOOP at the Spice of Life in Soho, London, November 21st 2021 – part of the Secret Sessions project created and curated by incredible musician Paul Booth – being released on Ubuntu Records, and featuring an incredible lineup I’m very proud to be part of… Paul Booth, Tom Walsh, Nichol Thomson & Chris Allard. With Laurence Cottle & Ian Thomas.
More details to follow.
Excited about the launch concert of Ben’s new album ‘Solway Stories’ 29th Sep 8pm
Looking forward to playing at the Ipswich Jazz festival at the beautiful
St Peters by the Waterfront
The Jim Watson Quartet will perform a tribute to the late Chick Corea.
All the musicians are well known on the national jazz scene, playing with well-known jazz stars. It promises to be a fitting tribute to the genius of Chick Corea and some of the best contemporary jazz that he composed.
Jim Watson– organ Jim studied at Leeds College of music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with Manu Katche, Kurt Elling, BBC Big Band, Chrissie Hynde, Marti Pellow and Guy Barker. He has his own album ‘The Loop’, released on Reese records.
Paul Booth– saxophone Paul was born in the North East of England and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed with Steve Winwood, Geoffrey Keezer, and Van Morrison. He is the winner of the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship, and leads his own bands, one of which is the acclaimed Bansangu Orchestra.
Chris Allard– guitar Chris is regarded as one of the UK’s finest contemporary jazz guitarists/composers; he has performed and recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Gwylim Simcock, Omar Kamal, Charlie Wood, the BBC Big Band, and Jamie Cullum, among others. He is also a Professor of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Nic France – drums Nic has been a stalwart of the London music scene for many years, he has played with a variety of artists from all different genres, most notably Tanita Tikaram, Loose Tubes, John Taylor, Allan Holdsworth, David Gilmour, and Robert Wyatt. He is currently a Professor at Goldsmiths College London.
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Livestream from Ronnie Scott’s 22/03 8pm: Ross Stanley presents Time is of the Essence – a tribute to Michael Brecker
Looking forward to livestream gig from Ronnie Scott’s with these fantastic musicians:
Very pleased to be playing at the brand new Live Streaming Guitar Fest at 2pm on December 5th in duo with great pianist Ross Stanley.
“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt.” ~ JAZZ TIMES
“Charlie Wood embodies hepcat worldliness and barroom empathy; he’s got style but also the wisdom that gives it heftiness.” ~ JAZZ REVIEW
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Charlie headed down the Mississippi to New Orleans at seventeen, spending a few formative years soaking up the music and culture of the Big Easy and playing keys with local favourites like Charmaine Neville. He returned to Memphis in his early twenties to join the band of legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the US and Europe.
Having established a musical reputation for himself, Charlie took up a long-standing residency with his Hammond organ trio at King’s Palace on Beale Street. 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. Other recipients include such musical luminaries as Elvis Presley, Al Green, and Isaac Hayes.
Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter with numerous original releases under his belt, 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 the 2016 U.S.A Songwriting Competition, Jazz category.
Tuesday 16th June 7pm – 8.30pm.
Looking forward to teaching this jazz guitar workshop – organised by the marvellous Suffolk Jazz School.
‘Guitarist Chris Allard will Improve your jazz guitar playing, drawing on material from greats including Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny. We will work through, break down and interpret key phrases by several of the most important and influential figures in jazz guitar history, making sense of the harmonic and rhythmic content and demonstrating how to incorporate this material into your own playing.’