Charlie Hunter: a jazz iconoclast

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One of the most eclectic sounds in the contemporary jazz world today belongs to the eight-string excursions of guitarist Charlie Hunter.  Hunter will bring his distinctive style and sound back to the Jazz Kitchen on Monday, July 7 with his trio in support of his latest CD, Right Now Move, on Ropeadope records.  It is hard to define what musical arena Hunter will be playing in, seeing how he is able to divide his brain to play bass lines and solo simultaneously. As a result of this, he launches some fascinating sorties of musical sounds that can range from cutting-edge jazz to gut-bucket blues or even heavy rock. Currently, Hunter seems to be more focused on jazz aspects, though.  His current group features saxophonist John Ellis and percussionist Derek Phillips. They will be performing two sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 253-4900.  Indy’s newest jazz sounds and sites  Like the blooms of summer, there’s a new crop of jazz groups that have appeared on Indy’s jazz scene in some non-traditional venues for jazz. Admittedly, some of these groups mix jazz and pop in their programs, but it’s all done with a highly professional polish that makes for easy listening.  The Four Sexes have a sophisticated sound and style, along with a new CD, Secret Rendezvous, that combine the elements of jazz, big band, pop, rock, R&B and country. Their brand of cocktail jazz can be heard every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Nicky Blaine’s martini bar.  The Neapolitans are a group led by the husband and wife team of Glen Dunlap on keyboards and Betheny Dunlap on vocals with a rhythm section. They play music in the area of jazz-influenced pop, jazz standards and smooth jazz. They are regular performers at the downtown Marriott’s Circle City Bar & Grille. They can be heard from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Bourbon Street Distillery (formerly the Snazzy Jazz) at Indiana Avenue and Vermont Street presents The Bluenote Trio, which specializes in jazz interpretations of standard tunes. They will play Thursday, July 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight.  The Five Seasons Country Club has the vocal, keyboard, smooth jazz and adult contemporary sounds of Lisa Baldwin every Wednesday in its dining room from 6 to 9 p.m.  The House Cafe + Music at Glendale Mall features smooth Christian jazz with the Fred Sights Project every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Agio’s is returning to jazz every Thursday in July starting July 3 with the jazz duo of Bill Lancton, guitar, and Dave Murray, bass, performing 6 to 10 p.m.  The Bistro in Fishers at 116th and Allisonville Road has the new sounds of Lisa Baldwin’s vocals/keyboards and Steve Kennely’s guitar every Thursday playing 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Jazz happenings  It’s the midsummer holiday already, now that July 4 is here. There will be an explosion of jazz sounds along with all of the big bangs that are going on this week.  Downtown  The Chatterbox has the fiery trumpet of the Kyle Quass Group on Friday, July 4, followed by Indy jazz great bebop saxophonist “Pookie” Johnson & The Indy Jazz All Stars on Saturday. Sets both nights are from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jillians will feature Conga Jazz for some hot sounds Friday, July 4 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Indiana State Museum welcomes the Bill Lancton Coalition for its free “Summer Sounds” series Wednesday, July 2 playing 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Northside  The Jazz Kitchen will heat up the holiday weekend on Friday with a big Latin Dance Party hosted by DJs Marco Dominguez, Royce and Johnathon. There will be salsa, merengue and cumbia for dancing from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dog Talk will keep the fun and party going Saturday, July 5, with sets at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.  Sullivan’s Steakhouse showcases the trio of Claude Sifferlen, piano, Joe Deal, bass, and Ron Brinson, drums, Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 playing some hot jazz 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Eastside  The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra with the Capitolaires vocal group will perform a “Big Band USO Tribute” Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. at the Community Life Center, 10535 E. Washington St. A complete buffet dinner with a “Stars and Stripes” theme is available at an additional charge. For tickets and dinner call 396-2513 or 396-3704.  Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.

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