Witness a live partnership 20 years in the making when guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola appear at Summer Fest on the heels of their latest recording, October’s Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead. They first hooked up when Amendola moved to San Francisco in 1992 and went on to play together in the combo T.J. Kirk, which earned a Grammy® nomination in 1996. Though intermittent since then, their musical relationship one of the strongest threads running through their careers.
Widely considered the authority on the seven and eight-string guitar, Charlie Hunter has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. The Guardian (U.K.) proclaimed that Hunter possesses “one of the most original techniques in the instrument’s history” while JazzTimes said Charlie is “a remarkably deep musician who is devoted to the tradition of his instrument in all of its applications: blues, folk, rock, reggae, country and jazz.”
As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Scott Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. Amendola has performed and recorded with Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Pat Martino, Larry Goldings and Darryl Johnson, among others.