The Charlie Hunter Quintet announced a five concert residency – January 30, 2003 and every subsequent Thursday (6, 13, 20, 27) in February – at the recently reopened Tribeca venue No Moore. The concert series is entitled Right Now Move, after the quintet’s forthcoming record on ropeadope records. The shows will feature Charlie’s new quintet - John Ellis on tenor saxophone, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Gregoire Maret on harmonica, and Derrek Phillips on drums – working it out in preparation for their national tour supporting the new record, tentatively scheduled for release in late March, 2003.

Charlie Hunter grew up in Berkeley, California. At the age of 12 he invested seven bucks in his first guitar, and after hours of practice and lessons from a local guitar teacher named Joe Satriani, he found his calling. He played guitar and bass in the Michael Franti-led group Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and on the side he developed the first prototype of his current eight-string guitar, which features three bass strings and five guitar strings. Even after 10 years playing the instrument, Charlie feels like he’s just getting into the swing of it. “It’s a bear of an instrument, but as time goes by I’m getting more musical on it. And that’s the goal.” Ask any fan, however, and they’ll tell you that Charlie dominates the dual instrument like few players of a normal guitar or bass.

The new quintet is as accomplished of a group of musicians as Charlie has ever played with. Saxophonist John Ellis has been with Charlie's band for the past year, and previously played with the likes of Jason Marsalis and Harold Battiste. He recently came in second place in the prestigious 2002 Thelonious Monk competition. Trombonist Curtis Fowlkes is most known for his work with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards and as a co-founder of New York's own Jazz Passengers. Gregoire Maret’s chromatic harp is a unique addition to Charlie's band, and he has already established himself with the likes of Little Jimmy Scott, Jacky Terrasson and Leon Parker. Last but not least, drummer Derrek Phillips has shared the stage with the likes of Ronny Jordan, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Rufus Reid, Joshua Redman and Marcus Belgrave.

The concert series is brought to you by Velour Presents, the promotional arm of the the New York City record label and management company Velour Music Group, home of the artists Soulive, Topaz, Lettuce, Kaki King, Moonraker and Baba. Velour Presents recently brought the KDTU New Year’s Eve Extravaganza to NYC, featuring Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress and DJ Z-Trip, and has a long history with Charlie, going back to their promotion of last year’s Garage a Trois debut in NYC and the 2000 Charlie Hunter residency at No Moore.

Tickets are $12, and can be purchased in advance at noon EST at Velour Music, or SCI Ticketing. Tickets also will be available at the door, but keep in mind that No Moore is an intimate venue – capacity 250 – and the shows will sell out. No Moore is located at 234 West Broadway (at North Moore St.); doors are at 8pm. Check the above websites for more information!

[Published on: 1/10/03]

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