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, they are experienced, professional and have garnered a reputation of being one of the best live bands based in mid-Michigan. With soulful vocals, a powerhouse horn section, killer keys, silky strings and indispensable percussions, 496 West offers soul, smooth jazz, R&B, a sprinkling of the blues and of course, gospel jazz styles.

Delivering original songs and re-imagined covers, 496 West provides a full live music experience and rich production. Their versatile repertoire of songs for different crowds and varying musical preferences includes music–from slow to jam and listening to partying.  They provide music entertainment regularly for all types of community, corporate and private events. Their blend includes a mix of instrumental and features outstanding soulful vocals to creatively compliment the mood.

As a follow-up to their self-titled debut CD (496 West) and sophomore release (Auxiliary Lane), band members are working on a third CD project for a targeted summer 2017 release.

496 West has opened for jazz stalwarts Nick Colionne, Grammy-nominated Gerald Albright, the legendary Kirk Whalum (Grammy Award Winner), saxman Euge Groove, smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman and international Grammy-nominated keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, legendary vocalists Phil Perry, soulful tenor Larry Braggs and the electrifying sounds of the saxophone of Eric Darius and also Jackiem Joyner.

Band Sizes and Formats

Depending on the occasion– 496 West performs as a smaller band up to the larger 14-piece ensemble. Instrumentation includes Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Drums and a few surprises. For ultimate flexibility, the band can be booked in different formats, including quartet, full dance band with vocalist(s) or with the full complement.

They perform at charity events, concerts, corporate functions, parties, jazz clubs, weddings and outdoor events.

Music Advisor

The music advisor for the group is Al McKenzie, former Music Director for the Temptations.

Contact Us

496 West is available for special events and private shows. If you’d like to have 496 West play at your event, please contact us for availability, info or to get a quote that is tailored to your event.
E-mail: or call 517-372-7246.