Ezra Charles


Ezra Charles & His Band are truly a unique phenomenon: a blues-based original-music band that has flourished on the Gulf Coast for over 12 years, continuing to expand their territory and win new converts to their hard-to-categorize sound and show.

Ezra Charles is Houston's best-known keyboardist, winning the Houston Press Readers Poll Award in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999 for Best Piano/Keyboards and similar polls in Public News, an alternative Houston paper, in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Music played by the band consists primarily of Ezra Charles songs from their four albums, Design For Living (Boffo Records, 1989), Modern Years (Icarus Records, 1994), Drive Time (Icarus Records, 1996), and Texas-Style (Icarus Records, 1998) along with other original compositions and standards in their appealing rhythm & blues, boogie-woogie, classic rock & roll sound. The recent Swing Movement has given the band the opportunity to shift gears and participate in the highly publicized revival with only a slight twist in their original style, and has revealed the band's talents to a whole new group of younger fans.

Ezra Charles and the Works (their name from 1987-1997) was the official band for the Houston Rockets during the three seasons from 1993-1996. They were a part of the home games in the Summit, playing throughout the games during pre-game, time-outs and half-time; as well as for pep rallies and victory celebrations after both of the NBA championship playoffs; for the 1994-95 season, they were regularly seen in an MTV-style commercial announcing the Rockets road games carried on UPN-20 KTXH.

Ezra Charles & His Band have performed at concerts, media events, fund-raisers, and parties of every description, including private performances for The Rolling Stones, President George Bush and the 1990 Economic Summit, The NBA All-Star Party, Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, and the 1992 Republican National Convention.

Members of the band are:

In addition to the on-stage members, the Crew makes it all happen: