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Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music. Born in Memphis, TN in 1967, Charlie spent many years there performing nightly with his Hammond organ trio in a long-standing residency 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. Previous recipients include such musical luminaries as B.B. King, Al Green, and Isaac Hayes. Wood 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. He’s also becoming recognised as a talented and original arranger, with recent scores performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet, the Royal Marine Band, the Back To Basie Bigband, and numerous others. Now living in the UK with his wife, singer Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie continues touring and recording regularly. Notable performances 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. His most recent CD “New Souvenirs†(released on Perdido Records, co-produced by Ms. Dankworth) was recorded in London in 2014 and features an all-star lineup performing twelve new original Charlie Wood compositions. “I fell in love with this man’s voice the moment I heard it. He is the essence of soul and blues. I am so lucky to have sung on the same stage as him.†– Paloma Faith

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