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Charlie Hunter

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"I knew that I wanted to do this with my life from when I was 16", says Hunter about his musical career. His early recognition of this may have been influenced by the fact that he grew up in homes where his mother repaired guitars for a living in Berkeley, California where he has lived since he was eight years old. Charlie picked up his first guitar when he was twelve years old for $7, and a few years later was taking lessons from Joe Satriani, who at that time was just another guitar teacher. "People can't believe that but I was just another Berkeley kid and every Berkeley kid took lessons from Joe Satriani

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Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases with Mathias Heise, Fat Master, Evan Marien, Bass Extremes and Yellowjackets

Read "New releases with Mathias Heise, Fat Master, Evan Marien, Bass Extremes and Yellowjackets" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases with Danish harmonica player Mathias Heise Quadrillion, from France fusion band Fat Master, German composer J Peter Schwalm with Swiss guitarist Stephan Thelen, New York bassist Evan Marien, from Pennsylvania, bassist Gabriel Severn with his band Teen Town, Jimmy Branly from his latest The Meeting Bobby Previte and Charlie Hunter, Bass Extremes and Yellow ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25 and 26, 2022 From the opening strains of the Dan Wilson Trio's first song, late Saturday morning at Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, there was a vibe set. The music was bliss. Not just because of its quality (though ...

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Article: Album Review

DaShawn Hickman with Charlie Hunter: Drums, Roots & Steel

Read "Drums, Roots & Steel" reviewed by Doug Collette


When keyboardist John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin and Wood) produced the The Campbell Brothers' Can You Feel It? (Ropeadope, 2005), he helped bring deserved attention to the woefully unrecognized field of “sacred steel," a musical style and African-American gospel tradition that features the steel guitar. Now, seventeen years later, guitar wunderkind Charlie Hunter makes a similar ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Singers: Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More

Read "Singers:  Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features vocalists as both band leaders and featured performers with other musicians. In the first category, there are Fay Victor and Anita O'Day among others. In the second, we have Kurt Elling with the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Becca Stevens with Ambrose Akinmusire plus several more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 20 Venues – Record Number of Free Shows – Limited Number of Club Passes Now On Sale The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! After a two-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the long-awaited 2022 nine-day ...

Album

Calm Down Cologne

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2021
Track listing: No Zone; The Epic; Calm Down Cologne; In-A-Pro-Pro; Numinous.

Album

SuperBlue

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: SuperBlue; Sassy; Manic Panic Epiphanic; Where to Find It; Can't Make It with Your Brain; The Seed; Dharma Bums; Circus; Endless Lawns; This Is How We Do.

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Article: Album Review

Kurt Elling: SuperBlue

Read "SuperBlue" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nel pieno delle restrizioni Covid, la condizione artisticamente più difficile dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, Kurt Elling ha realizzato uno dei suoi album migliori, quello dal groove più intenso e coinvolgente. Il merito va condiviso col chitarrista Charlie Hunter e con gli altri due partner, il tastierista DJ Harrison e il batterista Corey Fonville. ...


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