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Oct. 15, 2003


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CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO TO PERFORM NOV. 8

    OSWEGO -- The Charlie Hunter Trio, led by the inventor and master of the eight-string guitar, will perform high-energy jazz at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre.

    "Given a few more Charlie Hunters, jazz would have no problem at all solving the problem of how to bring new, young listeners to the music," the Los Angeles Times said of the unconventional guitarist who mixes bass lines and melodies while mingling different music styles.

    Billboard magazine lauded the prolific Hunter, who has released nine albums in the past decade, for creating "some of the most colorful, unorthodox, and rhythmically charged jazz in contemporary music."   

    The San Francisco native aims to use his appeal to younger listeners to help others discover the genre he loves. "For some kids, this is their first exposure to jazz," Hunter said of his shows. "They see how cool the music is and become intrigued enough to want to check out records by Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. If our mission succeeds, hopefully we'll have helped to turn a generation of people on to a much more spiritually and soulfully executed music than what gets played on MTV."

    Hunter will also lead a master class earlier that afternoon as part of the third annual Jazz Guitar Festival at SUNY Oswego. For more information on this daylong event, which features workshops, master classes and performances, visit www.oswego.edu/arts/jazzguitar.

    Tickets for the Charlie Hunter Trio concert cost $12 ($10 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). Those who are registered for the Jazz Guitar Festival receive a ticket to the evening concert.

    For more information or reservations for the show, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.

    The SUNY Oswego music department and Artswego present the Jazz Guitar Festival, which is supported in part by the college's student arts fee and made possible by public funds provided by the Oswego County Legislature, as administered by Arts and Culture for Oswego County, with additional support from Speedway Press and Big Apple Music in partnership with D'Addario Guitars.

    WAER Jazz88 Radio and ClearChannel Radio, through its affiliate Y94 FM, provide media support.

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Charlie Hunter Trio to play at SUNY Oswego on Nov. 8

EIGHT STRINGS ATTACHED -- The Charlie Hunter Trio, led by the inventor and master of the eight-string guitar, will perform their take on high- jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre. "Given a few more Charlie Hunters, jazz would have no problem at all solving the problem of how to bring new, young listeners to the music," the Los Angeles Times said of the unconventional guitarist. For more information or reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu. 




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