Flute/saxophonist and recording artist Charles Rahmat Woods has provided exciting and insightful performances in the Jazz idiom throughout the Maryland, Virginia, New York, and DC areas for over thirty years. He has performed with an array of Jazz artists including Roy Haynes, Helen Humes, Don Cherry, and Tarika Blue.
He has also performed with world music purveyors Conjunto Peligro, Bantu, Ron Warren, Dawn Avery, and Larry Mitchell. Also, he has performed solo at the DC Jazz Festival and participated in ensemble performances for the prestigious Phillips Museum’s “Jazz and Family Fun Day.”
His recordings include: ”The Language of Birds”, "Modern Music Therapy", "Rahmat Shabazz: Original Jazz", "DC Love Orchestra", and "Live at Johnny's Half Shell". A graduate of Syracuse University, he has studied under symphonic reed master Ralph D'Mello, flutist Sue Roberts, and music historian Talik Abdul Basheer.
He has performed for a number of distinguished non-profits including Bethesda Cares, Inc, The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, the DC Jazz Festival, the David Driskell Center of the University of Maryland, and the Manassas Center for the Arts.
His current touring program not only offers presentations of original compositions but also moving arrangements of works by Jazz masters, with selective emphasis on works contributed by musicians who have Native American heritage, such as bassist Oscar Pettiford, trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Larry Redhouse, and saxophonist Jim Pepper.
Performance configurations include Solo presentation (flute and saxophones), Duo (flute/saxophone and piano), Trio (flute/saxophones, piano, bass), and Quartet (flute/saxophones, piano, bass, drum kit).
“The Jazz of Your Life” program presents performances of Jazz classics and Jazz adaptions of the great American songbook especially tailored for our senior citizen audiences. It encourages participation and sharing of music memories.
“Introduction to Live Jazz” program, designed for young people and New Americans, presents performances of Jazz from classics through contemporary, showcasing a number of important eras and personalities. Contact artist for information on fees for this programming