Charlie Hunter and band mates John Ellis (sax), Stephen Chopek (drums, percussion) & Chris Lovejoy (congas, percussion) are fresh off a hot tour in Japan where they played 18 shows in 9 days at the famous Blue Note jazz clubs. In Tokyo Charlie joined John Scofield and his band for a tune each night to the delight of the audience. Check out Charlie's web site for details and photos from the trip: Charlie Hunter.

After a marvelous two-year tenure on the road with Charlie, the percussion duo of Chopek/Lovejoy will be moving on. Anyone who has seen Charlie's band perform recently knows how these two great musicians kept the music fresh and on the move.

Keep tabs on Stephen and Chris by visiting their website

Charlie will be performing some shows in February with Josh Roseman on trombone and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. This project will surely be another Hunter success. With acclaimed drummer Johnny Vidacovich, who was voted New Orleans number one contemporary jazz drummer in 1991, by New Orleans Magazine, and Best Drummer, New Orleans Peoples Choice Awards, 1994, 1995 by OffBeat Magazine, you know the chops will be there. Add in Roseman's unique use of the trombone, and you have a three piece monster moving across the country. Roseman began playing trombone at nine, and has developed his slippery horn work to a point where he is one of the most sought after trombone players around. Recently he has worked with the Roots, MMW, Me’shell NdegeOcello, Dead Prez, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, The Skatalites, the Brooklyn Funk Essentials and The Groove Collective. You won't want to miss this trio!

Confirmed shows are posted below:

02.20.02 | Birmingham, AL
Zydeco (w/Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

02.22.02 | St. Petersburg, FL
Jannus Landing (w/Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

02.25.02 |Atlanta, GA
Smiths Olde Bar (w/Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

02.26.02 | Athens, GA
Georgia Theater (w/Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

02.27.02 | Greenville, SC
The Handlebar (w/Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

02.28.02 | Sewanee, TN
Sewanee University (w/Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

03.11.02 | Indianapolis, IN
Jazz Kitchen (w/ John Ellis, Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

03.12.02 | Ferndale, MI
Magic Bag (w/ John Ellis, Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

03.19.02 | Reading, PA
Albright College - Meridian Theater (w/ John Ellis, Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

03.21.02 | Stanhope, NJ
Stanhope House (w/ John Ellis, Josh Roseman & Johnny Vidacovich)

Check out Charlie Hunter's tour dates for more information on his upcoming shows.

Charlie is getting ready to head back into the studio in the Spring to record his 9th and last scheduled release for Blue Note Records. His supporting cast is not yet announced. Details will be posted as they come to light. The record is slated to be released in Spring 2002.

[Published on: 2/11/02]

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