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memphis band Charlie Wood

memphis band Charlie Wood

memphis band Charlie Wood
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Charlie Wood

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Charlie Wood may have luck on his side, but this blues inspired CD is long overdue. For sixteen years Charlie held down the house gig at King?s Palace on Beale Street, with legendary guitarist Calvin Newborn often sharing the stage. As a virtuoso Hammond B-3 organist who prefers the real thing to the latest keyboard contraption that almost sounds real, Charlie?s Beale Street gig enabled him to try out new material on new audiences without having to load the van night after night. For many musicians, sitting-in with Charlie at King?s Palace became a musical rite of passage. During his tenure on Beale, Charlie also found time to tour Spain, Italy, and England. He has performed at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy for years, both as a solo artist and as organist for the house band. When he was twenty-three, he spent a year on the road with Albert King. While Charlie?s credits as a session player are extensive (including four previously released solo CDs), there has always been a connection with Inside Sounds. His remarkable renditions of ?Happiness Is A Warm Gun? and ?Back In The USSR? from Fried Glass Onions?Memphis Meets The Beatles Volumes I & II are highlights from those releases. He has also worked extensively with label mate Billy Gibson for over a decade. On Lucky, he plays virtually all of the instruments, writes most of the songs, and sings in his own soulful voice, with the delivery of each word counting as much as its meaning. Few artists are as versatile and at the same time, masterful. As one critic wrote, ?he?s like ten different people in one.? In Memphis, he is revered by the music community and has been honored both as a keyboardist and as a singer by the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy Awards). He was also named ?Beale Street Entertainer Of The Year? in 2003. Accolades aside, the brilliance of Charlie?s musicianship and songwriting spells genius. Now thirty! -nine, Charlie shares a glimpse.

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Charlie Wood Songlist
Charlie doesn't really have a songlist for distribution. Let's just say that his repertoire includes thousands of song titles from across the spectrum: jazz, blues, standards, contemporary - Whatever you need!
All the Things You Are - Ab
Almost Blue - Cm
At Last - C
Autumn Leaves - Fm
Body and Soul - Db
Bye Bye, Blackbird - F
Centerpiece - F
I Like New York In June - F
Misty - Eb
My Romance - Eb
On the Street Where You Live - Bb
On the Sunny Side Of the Street - C
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Eb
Stardust - C
They Can't Take that Away From Me - Eb
Who Can I Turn To - Eb
You Must Believe In Spring - Ebm

BLUES / R&B (various): Blueberry Hill - C
Dark End Of the Street - G
Down Home Blues - G
Further On Up the Road - F
I Guess I'm a Fool - Eb
It's My Own Fault - F
Just a Teeny Weeny Bit - F
Knock On Wood - E
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - C
Rock Steady - E
Stormy Monday - G
Sweet Home Chicago - F
Tipitina - F#
You Send Me - F

(as recorded by) MOSE ALLISON:
Baby, Please Don't Go - G
Catfish Blues - C
City Home - Eb
Ever Since the World Ended - G
Everybody Crying Mercy - Bb
Fool's Paradise - C
I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues - F
I Don't Worry Bout a Thing - Bb
I Feel So Good - C
I Love the Life I Live - C
If You're Going Up To the City - C
I'm Smashed - C
Lost Mind - C
Lucky So-and-So - F
One Of These Days - C
Parchman Farms - E
Red Wagon - F
Seventh Son - C
Stop This World - C
That's Alright (Who's Loving You Tonight?) - F
Top 40 - C
Trouble In Mind - Eb
V-8 Ford Blues - F
Wildman - F
Young Man's Blues - C
Your Mind Is On Vacation - F

(as recorded by) LOUIS ARMSTRONG:
A Kiss To Build a Dream On - Db
Basin Street Blues - C
Beale St. Blues - F
Cabaret - F
La Vie En Rose - C
Saint Louis Blues - F
Sweet Lorraine - F
You Turned the Tables On Me - F

(as recorded by) CHET BAKER:
But Not For Me - F
For Heaven's Sake - F
I Fall In Love Too Easily - Eb
I Get Along Without You Very Well - C
I've Never Been In Love Before - C
Just Friends - G
Let's Get Lost - C
Like Someone In Love - C
Look For the Silver Lining - C
My Funny Valentine - Fm
My Ideal - C
There Will Never Be Another You - Eb
You Don't Know What Love Is - Fm

(as recorded by) JAMES BROWN:
I'll Go Crazy - E
I Got You (I Feel Good) - Bb

(as recorded by) RAY CHARLES:
Come Back, Baby - Eb
Cry - Bb
Don't Set Me Free - C#m
Drown In My Own Tears - Db
Early In the Morning - C
Every Time We Say Goodbye - F
For All We Know - F
Funny, But I Still Love You - Eb
Georgia On My Mind - F
Hard Times - Eb
Hit the Road, Jack - Fm
I Guess I'm a Fool - Eb
Let's Go Get Stoned - C
Lonely Avenue - Abm
Makin' Whoopie - Eb
Mary Ann - C
Night and Day - Eb
What Would I Do Without You - A
What'd I Say - E
Yes Indeed - Bb

(as recorded by) NAT "KING" COLE:
All Those Beautiful Moons Ago - Eb
Almost Like Being In Love - Bb
Laura - C
L.O.V.E. - F
Lost April - F
Mona Lisa - F
Paper Moon - F
Route 66 - F
The Portrait Of Jenny - C
What'll I Do - C

(as recorded by) ELLINGTON / STRAYHORN:
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - C
Lush Life - Db
Mood Indigo - Eb
Prelude To a Kiss - C
Sophisticated Lady - Ab

(as recorded by) AL GREEN:
Let's Stay Together - F
Love and Happiness - Abm
Take Me To the River - E

(as recorded by) BILLIE HOLIDAY:
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me -Eb
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans - C
Easy Living - Eb
God Bless the Child - F
I Cover the Waterfront - G
I'm Fooling Myself - Eb
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - F
Willow, Weep For Me - Eb
You've Changed - Eb

(as recorded by) PERCY MAYFIELD:
The River's Invitation - Eb
My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me, Too - G
Please Send Me Someone To Love - Ab

(as recorded by) ALBERT KING:
As the Years Go Passing By - Bbm
I'll Play the Blues For You - Abm
The Sky Is Crying - Bb
The Very Thought Of You - Ab

(as recorded by) B.B. KING:
Every Day I Have the Blues - F
Let the Good Times Roll - F
Rock Me, Baby - Bb
The Thrill Is Gone - Cm

(as recorded by) OTIS REDDING:
Hard To Handle - Bb
I've Been Loving You Too Long - G
(Sitting On the) Dock Of the Bay - G
These Arms Of Mine - Bb
Try a Little Tenderness - G

(as recorded by) FRANK SINATRA:
In the Wee Small Hours - C
It Had To Be You - F
The Way You Look Tonight - F
They Can't Take That Away From Me - Eb

(as recorded by) JAMES TAYLOR:
Don't Let Me Be Lonely
Tonight - F
Mean Old Man - C
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - G

(as recorded by) THOMAS "FATS" WALLER:
Ain't Misbehavin' - C
Dinah - F
Shame, Shame - F
The Viper -

(as recorded by) STEVIE WONDER:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - E
Superstition - E

Charlie Wood ORIGINALS:
After All - C
All F****d Up - F
Alone With You - C
Back To Where It Was Before - G
Back When I Was Stupid - G
Big Time Show Business - C
Can't Teach That Stuff - Bb
Come On If You're Coming - Bb
Complicated Man - Eb
Don't Know Why - B
Don't You Ever Stop Talking? - F
Down In the Ground - F
Ear Candy - F
Elsewhere - F
Everybody Knew - G
Gonna Slip Away - C#m
Holiday - Eb
I Am No Exception To the Rule - Fm
I Believe I Could Fall In Love Again - F#
I Didn't Know It Was You - Bb
If I Had My Way - Eb
If It Makes Me a Dollar - E
It All and Everything - F
Look At the Moon - F
Lost In the Shuffle - F
Lucky - Fm
Lucky Charm - Ab
Man On the Money - E
Memphis - F
My Hotel - F
Never Gonna Stop New Orleans - G
No Condition - F
Not Quite What I Had In Mind - A
Now's the Time - A
One Kind Word - F#
Pictures In a Book - Ebm
River Of Jive - Eb
She Turned Me Down - C#m
Sneaky - F
Something Else - Bb
Southbound - Eb
Suicide or Self-Defense - Cm
Television - Ab
That Note Costs a Dollar - Db
The Art Of Leaving Well Enough Alone - F
The Better You Hold Out - Cm
The Melancholia - Fm
The Way To Go Home - Bb
This Song Wrote Itself - Ab
'Tis - F
Waltz For Lucy - Eb
What's It Gonna Take? - C
Who I Am - E
You Are Not Among Friends - Ebm
20th Century - Eb

Armando's Rhumba - Cm
Back To the Chicken Shack - F
Big Chief - C
Caravan - Fm
Green Dolphin Street - Eb
Green Onions - F
Hip Hug-Her - Bb
Mambo Inn - C
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Bb
St. Thomas - C
Sissy Strut - C
Sister Sadie - F

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Charlie Wood is a talented and versatile singer, songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style ranges from blues to jazz to r&b and all points in between. Born in Memphis, TN in 1967, Charlie studied classical piano from an early age and jazz piano in high school and college. He spent 1990 on the road as keyboardist for legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed and recorded with numerous other regional and national acts, has worked as composer and musical director for local theatre groups and independent filmmakers, and has played and sung on countless jingles and album projects.

For the past sixteen years the Charlie Wood Trio - consisting of Charlie on piano, Hammond B-3, pedal bass and vocals, Renardo Ward on drums, and Gerard Harris (formerly of Kool and the Gang) on guitar - have been performing nightly at the King's Palace Cafe on Beale Street. During their tenure at the Palace such musical luminaries as B.B. King, George Coleman, Alvin Batiste, Tony Reedus, Rufus Thomas, Georgie Fame and others have stopped by to sit in and play with the band. On a recent tour in England, Robert Plant joined Charlie onstage to sing five or six of his favorite Memphis r&b classics.

Charlie has been nominated Premier Keyboard Player in Memphis every year since 1997 as part of the N.A.R.A.S. Premier Player Awards (in 2001 he was also nominated Premier Male Vocalist) and currently serves on the N.A.R.A.S Board of Governors. He has toured extensively in Europe and the U.K. to promote his original music and has performed on television and radio programs across the continent. Wood is also an accomplished songwriter with two original CDs, Southbound and Who I Am, produced by Daddy-O Records (and currently in release on Ben Sidran's GoJazz label) and a third original CD on the way.

The local Memphis daily, The Commercial Appeal, featured Charlie on the cover of their Playbook Entertainment guide in February '98, along with a page one article about the Charlie Wood Trio on Beale Street. The paper had already published a feature article on Charlie and his music when he was just seventeen years old, calling him "ten different people in one." Bill Ellis (music reviewer for the C.A.) began his October '96 review of Southbound by saying simply, "Jazz organ has a name in Memphis, and it's Charlie Wood."