Silicon Valley's premier annual music event, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2021 returns for its 31st festival season from Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15 in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose, Calif. From its early days as a one-stage eight-act concert to being among North America's foremost music events, San Jose Jazz returns to the live stage with a Summer Fest artist lineup just as riveting as ever before for one of the summer's first major San Francisco Bay Area outdoor music festivals.
Garage A Trois return in the form from which they were born 22 years earlier with new studio album, 'Calm Down Cologne,' to be released April 16 via RPF Records. The title track is available across all streaming outlets today (listen/share). Comprised by guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore, OG GAT released its debut album, 'Mysteryfunk,' to wide acclaim in 1999.
Charlie Hunter, Curtis Fowlkes and Bobby Previte share a long history, but they've never recorded an album together as a trio until now. Their debut, Let The Bells Ring On—due June 9 via the seven-string guitarist’s own label, Charlie Hunter Music—is gritty, greasy, and downright celebratory. The album features 10 Hunter original tunes designed for the trio's singular, deep-pocket sound.
Grateful Web recently had an opportunity to speak to guitarist, composer and bandleader, Charlie Hunter.
GW: This is Dylan Muhlberg of Grateful Web here with jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter. We’re gonna catch up with him about his influences, his projects and what he’s got going on right now. Thank you so much for joining us Charlie.
CH: Thank you for having me.
GW: What were your musical influences from childhood?
Guitar player, bass player, virtuoso, jazz and blues legend, and magician are all titles that describe the sorcery that Charlie Hunter creates so effortlessly on stage. Taught originally by guitarist Joe Satriani with a $7 guitar in Berkeley, and since then collaborated with dozens of incredible musicians, Hunter has certainly made his mark at a young age as a guitar great.