Grow up taking guitar lessons from famed noodler Joe Satriani, and you probably won't be content strumming any old guitar. Prolific twinkle-fingers jazz guitarist and ex-Satriani student Charlie Hunter only plays custom-made guitars. Over his 16-year, 17-album career, Hunter has made a name for himself by plucking out guitar melodies and bass lines simultaneously on his unique seven- and eight-string guitar contraptions.
It’s not often that Alive After Five draws in jazz artists of Hunter’s caliber, so this Wednesday, Sept. 30 will be a rare treat for Treasure Valley jazzheads when the Charlie Hunter Trio takes the stage to close out the 2009 AA5 season. Mike Bunnell, owner of The Record Exchange, helped bring Hunter to town and is particularly pumped about the show.
“Thomas Paul is the local opener tomorrow, and then it’s Charlie Hunter Trio, which we’ve been trying for years to get into town and we finally found a way to do it,” said Bunnell. “He’s been on our shortlist for years, so we kind of helped book that event. We’re real excited that he’s coming, he’s always been a favorite of ours.”
Head down to Alive After Five this Wednesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. to catch a little free shredding and make sure to get in one last watery frolic before the Grove geyser turns to fountaincicles.