After a sellout show at Ronnie Scott’s in London, singer/songwriter Charlie Wood serves up Memphis Soul Stew in Bedford

Charlie Wood
Charlie Wood

The music of greats such as Otis Reading, BB King and Al Green will be among the songs featured in an evening at the Ent Shed, Bedford.

The next concert in the A Song For You series will be Charlie Wood with Memphis Soul Stew, who like those artists and others - Albert King, Booker T and the MGs and many more - are all from Memphis and promises a special evening on Friday, February 20 at 8pm.

Charlie performed a sellout concert at Ronnie Scott’s in London on Sundday where he was coerced by the audience into performing three encores!

A singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music, Charlie spent many years in his home area of Memphis 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 BB 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.

Now living in Bedford 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 and co-produced by Ms Dankworth, was recorded in London in 2014 and features an all-star line-up performing 12 new original Charlie Wood compositions.

Paloma Faith said: “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.”

Tickets for Memphis Soul Stew are £11 from www.perdido.co.uk/calendar

Visit www.charliewood.us/bio