"Before I get into the music portion of the show I want to use this episode to officially announce the Live Music Podcast’s Youtube video channel. Some of you may have already noticed this down the left side of the home page but if you haven’t been there in a while I encourage you to check it out. It is especially fitting to make this announcement now because the featured band for this episode is also featured in one of the videos posted there.
You may have noticed that I typically feature a lot of rock bands on the Live Music Podcast but every now and then I like to switch it up. The Charlie Hunter Trio is clearly in the jazz genre but if that doesn't appeal to you, do not be quickly discouraged since they can rock out as well. Take for instance the song "Cueball Boppin'" which is actually playing as I speak and has been the background music for every episode since the beginning of this podcast. I personally don’t take in many jazz shows but when I saw these guys last February at the Blue Room in Kansas City, I was blown away. It was an especially cool experience seeing them play in a very small club with a respectful and appreciative crowd who gave their full attention the entire show. That doesn’t happen very often at a lot of the rock shows I go to, which isn’t to say I don’t still enjoy them but it was interesting to see the difference. Even the people working there were exceptionally polite and actually apologized to us because there was limited seating and we had to sit at the bar about 20 feet from the stage. If you get a chance to see the Charlie Hunter Trio live please do not miss it but if they’ve already been through your town then this recording will have to be a temporary substitute. The concert I am featuring was recorded at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, MN on March 1st, 2010, just two days after the concert I saw in Kansas City. I now present to you Curtis Fowlkes on Trombone, Eric Kalb on Drums, and Charlie Hunter on 8 string guitar, also known as the Charlie Hunter Trio.