The revered eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter embarks on a six city West Coast tour in December, which will mark the Left Coast debut of his brand new trio line-up featuring Erik Deutsch on keyboards and Simon Lott on drums. Hunter is currently touring to support his latest album, Copperopolis, on Ropeadope. The tour will be highlighted by a six-night stand at the revered jazz club, Yoshi's, in Oakland. This will mark the seventh year in a row that the Bay Area native has performed multiple nights at the venue. In the past, these shows have been noted for sold out crowds, special guests and some of Hunter's most inspired performances.
It's been quite a busy year for Charlie Hunter who's lived on the road for the last 12 months. In addition to touring and recording with his own group, he's been a part of two jazz super-groups -- Garage A Trois (featuring Skerik and Stanton Moore) and Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing (featuring Bobby Previte, Steve Bernstein, Skerik and Marco Benevento). He's also teamed with Previte in an electronic experimentation duo, Groundtruther, that led to a cover story in Downbeat Magazine. His most recent high profile appearance finds him adding his fret wizardry to pop superstar John Mayer's new album, as well as, co-writing the song "In Repair" with him.
With his own trio, however, is where Charlie Hunter truly shines brightest. His amazing guitar prowess finds him nearly splitting his brain in two by holding down both the bass and lead guitar lines on his eight-string guitar. While this is an unparalleled technical feat that has helped define Hunter's sound, it's his syncopated, jazz funk grooves, quirky melodies and daring improvisations that have endeared him to a legion of young jazz and rock music fans across the country. On the new album, Copperopolis, Hunter takes his music a step further by embracing a heavier rock vibe. On tunes like "Cueball Boppin'" and "A Street Fight Could Break Out," Charlie turns up and lets his Hendrix freak flag fly like never before.
The December West Coast tour dates are:
12.05 | Jazz Alley | Seattle, WA
12.06 | Jazz Alley | Seattle, WA
12.07 | The Alladin | Portland, OR
12.08 | The Knitting Factory | Los Angeles, CA
12.09 | Humphrey's Backstage Music Club | San Diego, CA
12.11 | Kuumbwa | Santa Cruz, CA
12.12 | Yoshi's | Oakland, CA
12.13 | Yoshi's | Oakland, CA
12.14 | Yoshi's | Oakland, CA
12.15 | Yoshi's | Oakland, CA
12.16 | Yoshi's | Oakland, CA
12.17 | Yoshi's | Oakland, CA