Charlie Hunter really deserves his own category because he has had to actually invent guitars to match his vision. When the Berkeley-High-School graduate emerged on San Francisco stages in the 1990s using an 8-string guitar on which he simultaneously played bass, chords and leads, he seemed almost freakish, but that impression was quickly tempered by a profound musicality that brought him deep respect on the international scene.
Now, having released close to 40 albums either as a leader or sideman, he's reuniting with longtime musical companion, drummer Scott Amendola – also a product of the '90s Bay Area jazz-funk ferment – for a show with a new addition: cornetist Kirk Knuffke, who has rocketed to the top of the New York scene thanks to an ear-turning style that is distinctly 21st century while drawing on the frenetic power of the be-boppers. The diverse stylistic DNA of these three players makes them highly suited to their plan for the Spoonbar – exploring the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Hank Williams, the Cars, and others. The audience will have to strap in for this one.
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 6 PM
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With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Hunter has previously recorded for the venerable Blue Note label, Concord, Ropeadope and others. His recent independent venture is steered by his motivation to release music that most inspires him. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it's his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. Hunter's signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today's great guitarists.