Charlie Hunter
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

[Published on: 11/8/06]

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MiWi La Lupa Wed 11/8/2006 12:36PM
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MiWi La Lupa

Yay Simon Lott! Ya'll West Coast folks should check this Trio out. Especially to see Smilin' Simon. He's from the good land; Louisiana. He's real nice, and super badass! The band is sure to rock! peace

ambrosiajam Wed 11/8/2006 12:59PM
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come to wisconsin, please mr hunter, please

nfenne starstarstar Wed 11/8/2006 01:33PM
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I just saw Charlie with the Coalition of the Willing on Monday and they were amazing!

kb4404 Wed 11/8/2006 01:49PM
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I saw the new Charlie Hunter Trio down here in New Orleans! Sick shows!! Don't miss'em!

Danks starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/8/2006 02:38PM
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Garage a trois is the shit and so is pretty much anything this guy touches. One of the best in the business.

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/8/2006 02:40PM
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i'm so exited....................................................................and i just can't hide it!

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/8/2006 08:32PM
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Erik Deutsch is a baaaaad baaaad motherfucker! FAT MAMA ALUM ON THE RISE!

aburkejr Thu 11/9/2006 06:49AM
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Fierce show at the 8x10 in baltimore.

Marc1971 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 06:49AM
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Everything this guy touches sounds like solid gold...I wish I was a left coaster!!

Peakfest starstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 10:09AM
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Simon Lott is the heat. We get to watch him do his thing all the time down here in New Orleans. Should be a fantastic collaboration.

MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 01:07PM
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Shit yea, I love seeing Charlie at Yoshi's!! What a great place. World class sushi AND jazz...
It's always great to see Charlie come back to his homeland around this time of year and spend the week at Yoshi's. He usually does 2 shows per night - 6 nights in a row, quite a trooper.

The Glick Fri 11/10/2006 08:42AM
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The Glick

come back to the bay area with the coalition...those shows were GREAT!

Sueshi starstarstarstar Mon 11/13/2006 09:44AM
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Wish Charlie would resurrect TJ Kirk for a few hometown shows!

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/13/2006 01:04PM
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YES! YES! YES! TJ Kurk was the anser to all lame cover bands and tributes! origional music they way they inrerpret it! anyone who would like to hear a shitload of top quality guitaur playing should hear thier first record!