Catch a true jazz legend — and his seven-string guitar — on Thursday

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Charlie Hunter may just be the eight-stringed wonder of the world.

The guitar virtuoso, who came up in the California jazz scene, has made a name for himself for his custom-made seven- and eight-stringed instruments. Since moving to New York, he’s also known for giving artists Norah Jones and John Mayer their big breaks before they’ve made it big.

Hunter may not possess their household names, but he’s no slouch — the musician has put out 17 albums, including his most-recent, “Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid,” and tours as often as possible (the song “Ode To My Honda Odyssey” on his latest album is for his dependable car — 143,000 miles and going strong).

Lucky for you, the musician’s next stop is right in Brooklyn, as Hunter brings his laid-back, blues-inspired signature sound to Sycamore in Ditmas Park on Aug. 18 and 25.

“It’s a nice place when off the road to stay in shape,” said Hunter.

He may be known for bass-guitar hybrid, but live, Hunter takes his cues from a different instrument entirely.

“My solo show really revolves around the drums — not playing the drums, but taking that attitude and patterns and trying to put them into what the guitar is doing,” said Hunter. “I love playing in all different formats, but solo, I’ve just developed my own thing.”

Charlie Hunter at Sycamore [1118 Cortelyou Rd. near Westminster Road, (347) 240-5850, Aug. 18 and 25 at 9 pm. Tickets $10. For info, visit

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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