Charlie Hunter’s guitar technique has been described as “mind-boggling … he’s an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off” (Critic Sean Westergaard).
Hunter was born in Rhode Island and graduated from Berkeley High School, where he took lessons from famed guitar teacher Joe Satriani. At eighteen he moved to Paris. Returning to the Bay area, Hunter played a seven-string guitar and organ in Michael Franti’s political rap group, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Since the debut of his self-titled Charlie Hunter Trio (which included Dave Ellis on sax and Jay Lane on drums) in 1993, Charlie Hunter has recorded seventeen albums. He co-founded Garage A Trois, a jazz fusion band with Stanton Moore and Skerik. He has collaborated with Bobby Previte for an ongoing project entitled “Groundtruther.” He also recorded and toured for Bobby Previte’s The Coalition of the Willing in 2006. Charlie played in the band T.J. Kirk active 1990s that merged the music of Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
In 2008, eminent clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg put together a project entitled “Go Home” with Charlie on guitar(s), Ron Miles (trumpet) and Scott Amendola (drums). The alternately funky, beautiful, spacious and deep compositions showcase all the musicians. The group performed at the Jazz Standard in New York from October 29 to November 1, 2009 with Curtis Fowlkeson trombone, replacing Miles on trumpet. Hunter was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards’ judging panel to support independent artists. Charlie’s most recent album, Let The Bells Ring On, was released in 2015 and features his trio with trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte.