“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.’
Presently teaching online via Zoom or FaceTime. Do get in touch to enquire.
Looking forward to the second year of teaching on this very nice course:
MORE GREAT TUITION IN IPSWICH BY TOP JAZZ MUSICIANS
An accessible and supportive course for intermediate and advanced players and singers.
WINTER JAZZ COURSE
18–21 FEBRUARY 2020
IPSWICH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPT, HOLLY ROAD, IPSWICH IP1 3QN
Throughout July 2019 touring the UK with amazing singer Lea Salonga – a huge name in musical theatre; the original Miss Saigon amongst many other things… and also the voice of Jasmin in Alladin and other Disney movie starring roles.
A Summer Jazz Concert with Chris Allard and Friends, featuring award-winning pianist John Turville.
with Oli Hayhurst on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums
Chris is currently playing guitar on 52 date tour with Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro – ‘the world’s most successful musical theatre group in concert’
Looking forward to teaching on the first year of this alongside some great musicians.
It should be really informative and fun, is really well-organised and put together – at great premises in Ipswich, Suffolk. It’s selling well but spaces are still available – aspiring jazz musicians do have a look!
Anyone interested in improving their guitar playing could benefit from this interesting and very well-researched article by former student of mine Mark Morley-Fletcher. I get a nice mention about half-way through which is very gratifying! He has recently launched an excellent website Play in The Zone.
Looking forward to playing at the great 606 Club in Chelsea!
Please do come along – details here: https://www.606club.co.uk/events/view/chris-allard/