Charlie Hunter’s Perpetual Hazing

Hunter back home, still playing hard: Aidin Vaziri | Charlie Hunter may have moved to New York ages ago, but the Berkeley guitarist’s name remains so entwined with the Bay Area jazz scene that even he didn’t realize that this week will mark the 10th anniversary of his annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts at Yoshi’s. Calling from a tour stop in San Diego, Hunter says that after years of selling out local hot spots like the Elbo Room and the Up and Down Club, he was initially lured east not because of a prestigious contract with Blue Note Records but mainly for the opportunity to get pummeled by other musicians. “I’m still getting my ass kicked,” he says. “I don’t think the move was any better for business, but I wouldn’t be the player I am if I didn’t get stomped in this perpetual hazing. That wasn’t going to happen in the Bay Area.” Read more.

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