NORMAN — Last month, Jazz in June welcomed guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola to Norman for a two-man show that treated music fans to new takes on old and new tunes from the likes of The Cars, Lorde and John Lennon. Hunter’s unique playing style is married to a guitar-bass hybrid that allows him to hold down rhythm and melody. The result: A sound so big that you could hardly believe it was just two people. NTown caught up with the duo before its closing set on June 20 at Brookhaven Village. Here’s what they had to say:
NTown: What lead you to this style?
Hunter: I was in my mid-20s and it just slowly happened. Listening to a lot of Joe Pass, a lot of Tuck Andress a lot of bass players. You know, I played a lot of bass. I played a lot of drums. I really liked Hammond organ players. So, it kind of all added up into this instrument.
NTown: A lot of jazz guys seem to stay in one area. You seem to be touring all over the place ...
Hunter: Yeah. I guess I don’t know if I consider myself a jazz guy. I mean not like that’s a bad thing. That’s great, but I’m just a music guy. I just play guitar and do what I do, so I have this weird little niche that I occupy and I’ve always been really into American music and that’s what I do.
Everything I do has the blues or R&B or country or gospel — some aspect of American music and jazz is one of those things. I just tour the states all the time and I always have since I was young. And I like doing that, so, I guess it’s just the niche I’ve found for myself.