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Just announced: Charlie Hunter at Thekla, Bristol, 22nd November.

Charlie Hunter at Thekla, Bristol

22 November / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Charlie Hunter - Guitar

Bobby Previte - Drums

Yelfris Valdes - Trumpet

Kieran McLeod - Trombone

Hailing from San Francisco, Charlie Hunter is one of the most exciting jazz guitarists working today, and one whose style is genuinely unique. Playing a custom-made Novax eight-string guitar featuring special frets and separate signals for its guitar and bass portions, Hunter picks bass notes with his right thumb while fretting them with his left index finger (while at the same time fingerpicking guitar chords), an incredibly complex technique that achieves the real sound of two-for-one and leaves audiences stunned.

Hunter’s primary influences are jazz great Joe Pass and the fluid Tuck Andress, both six-string guitarists adept at blending bass notes into standard guitar melodies to make themselves sound like two musicians at once.

Charlie was a member of T.J. Kirk in the mid-'90s, who played work by Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. T.J. Kirk released a self-titled 1995 debut and the 1996 follow-up, If Four Was One, before disbanding. Hunter took drummer Scott Amendola with him for his next project, an ambitious instrumental remake of Bob Marley's Natty Dread album in its entirety.

His 2001 Blue Note album ‘Songs from the Analog Playground’ saw him collaborate with vocalists for the first time, ranging from labelmates Norah Jones and Kurt Elling to Mos Def.

He began self-releasing in 2008 with ‘Baboon Strength’ by his trio, and followed it in 2010 with ‘Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid’, featuring a band that swapped keyboards for a three-piece horn section. Ever restless, Hunter collaborated on a series of duet albums over the next few years. The first two, in 2012 and 2013, were reunions with drummer Amendola and titled, respectively, ‘Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead’ and ‘Pucker’. The sounds the pair engaged ranged from soul-jazz to blues and funk. On 2014's Dionne Dionne, he worked with former Arrested Development guitarist Dionne Farris on a series of cover songs associated with Dionne Warwick.

2016, saw the release of his quartet album ‘Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth’.

"The arrangements lock in, offering many twists and turns, but never leave the groove behind....All killer, no filler." - All Music Guide

Just announced: Charlie Hunter, 20-21 November.

Charlie Hunter

20 November / 19:30 / Band on the Wall, Manchester

21 November / 19:30 / Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Charlie Hunter - Guitar

Bobby Previte - Drums

Yelfris Valdes - Trumpet

Kieran McLeod - Trombone

Hailing from San Francisco, Charlie Hunter is one of the most exciting jazz guitarists working today, and one whose style is genuinely unique. Playing a custom-made Novax eight-string guitar featuring special frets and separate signals for its guitar and bass portions, Hunter picks bass notes with his right thumb while fretting them with his left index finger (while at the same time fingerpicking guitar chords), an incredibly complex technique that achieves the real sound of two-for-one and leaves audiences stunned.

Hunter’s primary influences are jazz great Joe Pass and the fluid Tuck Andress, both six-string guitarists adept at blending bass notes into standard guitar melodies to make themselves sound like two musicians at once.

Charlie was a member of T.J. Kirk in the mid-'90s, who played work by Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. T.J. Kirk released a self-titled 1995 debut and the 1996 follow-up, If Four Was One, before disbanding. Hunter took drummer Scott Amendola with him for his next project, an ambitious instrumental remake of Bob Marley's Natty Dread album in its entirety.

His 2001 Blue Note album ‘Songs from the Analog Playground’ saw him collaborate with vocalists for the first time, ranging from labelmates Norah Jones and Kurt Elling to Mos Def.

He began self-releasing in 2008 with ‘Baboon Strength’ by his trio, and followed it in 2010 with ‘Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid’, featuring a band that swapped keyboards for a three-piece horn section. Ever restless, Hunter collaborated on a series of duet albums over the next few years. The first two, in 2012 and 2013, were reunions with drummer Amendola and titled, respectively, ‘Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead’ and ‘Pucker’. The sounds the pair engaged ranged from soul-jazz to blues and funk. On 2014's Dionne Dionne, he worked with former Arrested Development guitarist Dionne Farris on a series of cover songs associated with Dionne Warwick.

2016, saw the release of his quartet album ‘Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth’.

"The arrangements lock in, offering many twists and turns, but never leave the groove behind....All killer, no filler." - All Music Guide

Friday Night Reggae presents Ninja Mi Ninja

Friday Night Reggae presents Ninja Mi Ninja

30 September / 23:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Friday Night Reggae returns with Ninja Mi Ninja, another night of deep reggae tunes that will shake the foundations of Band on the Wall, featuring DJs Tappa Benz (Hu$$la Geto Hart) and and Mr. Womble (Legacy 90.1), plus very special guests.

As aways, the venue will be transformed with visuals to inspire, reflect and entertain. This night is about good vibes and big tunes.

One Love.

Win two free tickets for Cedric Myton.

Reggae and rasta icon Cedric Myton comes to town on Friday 2nd September, performing live at Band on the Wall with The Upper Cut Band. To celebrate, we’re giving away TWO free tickets for the show… 

To win, all you have to do is answer one simple question. Enter the competition here


Just announced: Talib Kweli, 8th December.

Talib Kweli

08 December / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets 

Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years.

After two decades of releasing mesmerising music, Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, he commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.

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