Rhodes Night at the Levitt Shell, now in its eighth year, is a partnership between the Mike Curb Institute at Rhodes College and the Levitt Shell that has provided the Memphis community with top level concerts and educational opportunities featuring national and local artists. Past artists have included performers such as Rosanne Cash, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd, and Joyce Cobb. The night is also the culminating event of Rhodes Family Weekend, where the college welcomes families of its students and has helped them connect more deeply with the city of Memphis. This years concert will feature another great artist, 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 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, before returning 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. 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 glowing 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. His original song “Promised Land” won the 2016 U.S.A Songwriting Competition, Jazz category.
Charlie is also becoming recognized as a talented and original arranger, with recent scores performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Brodsky Quartet, the Royal Marine Band, the Back To Basie Big Band, and numerous others. In 2016, Wood was made a Professor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he teaches Jazz Voice and Improvisation.
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 Royal Festival Hall, BBC Radio 2's "Friday Night Is Music Night" at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Radio 2's "Jools Holland Show," and numerous other concerts throughout the UK and Europe.
Wood’s most recent album, a mixture of new originals and classic soul/blues/r&b songs entitled “Tomorrow Night”, was released in November 2018.