496 West

496 West


Based in Lansing Michigan, and formed by guitarist Charlie Wilson, 496 West has continued firing up stages since their debut performance in 2008. As a collective, 496 West is experienced and professional. They have garnered a reputation of being one of the best live bands based in mid-Michigan.

496 West offers soulful vocals, a powerhouse horn section, killer keys, silky strings, and indispensable percussions grounded in the soul, smooth jazz, and R&B genres with a sprinkling of the blues and gospel jazz.

Delivering original songs and reimagined covers, 496 West provides a full music experience and rich production. Along with a versatile repertoire of songs for different crowds and musical preferences the format includes music–from slow to jam and listening to partying. To complement the mood, their creative signature is a mix of instrumental songs and outstanding soulful vocals.

496 West has opened for jazz stalwarts Nick Colionne, Grammy-nominated saxman Gerald Albright, the legendary Kirk Whalum (Grammy Award Winner), saxman Euge Groove, smooth jazz guitarists Tim Bowman, Norman Brown, and Doc Powell as well as international Grammy-nominated keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, legendary vocalists Phil Perry, the soulful tenor voice of Larry Braggs, the Hi-Falutin Alexander Zonjic and the electrifying sounds of the saxophone of Eric Darius and Jackiem Joyner.