special events


Wednesday, March 27
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall and The Charlottesville Jazz Society Present

An Evening with:
Charlie Hunter and
Scott Amendola

Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm
$15 - Seated Show

Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, the renowned guitarist/composer Charlie Hunter's new duo recording with drummer Scott Amendola, is an album that's easy to get behind. A complete departure from last year's Public Domain - a true solo album - and the previous year's Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid - which incorporated two trombones and trumpet into Hunter's instrumental arsenal - Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead (Release Date: October 2, 2012) is Hunter's first recording of original compositions in three years. It's also, perhaps, his most candid and forthright set of songs ever.

"Our intention in making this record was to tell a bunch of stories around the central theme of the album's title," says Hunter. "The new tunes are meant to evoke some of the things you might see in your travels through the USA these days. Scott and I wanted to think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative."

Recorded with Hunter and Amendola playing in the same room simultaneously - an old-school recording method that has been virtually lost in today's cut-and-paste world - Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead was written by Hunter while at home, inspired by his touring. "I love the nooks and crannies of the U.S., and this album is for the people living in these places."

"One of the best elements of this new album is that we didn't use any headphones," adds Amendola. "We could hear everything naturally and acoustically. No mixing and no fixing, straight to 1/4-inch tape. It sounds incredible. My drums haven't sounded this good ever. Everything sounded just as you were naturally playing it."

The Southern is located at 103 South 1st St. on the Downtown mall, Charlottesville
General information line: (434)-977-5590



The spring concert, “It Might As Well Be Spring,” is on Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The quintet will be welcoming the arrival of the new season, as well as the arrival of their newest member, Butch Taylor, who will be making his debut as the group's pianist. The first half of the concert will feature some of the group's favorite spring-themed jazz standards such as "Spring Is Here," Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," and of course, "It Might As Well Be Spring." The second half of the show will be a musical reunion of sorts between members of Free Bridge and their new pianist. "When we first met Butch back in the mid-80's," says FBQ bassist Peter Spaar," we were all playing and listening to the contemporary jazz of that era...guys like Mike Brecker, Don Grolnick and Kenny Kirkland. After going our separate ways for all these years, we thought it would be great to play some of that music again."

UVA Jazz Ensemble
with Pianist Kait Dunton,
Saxophonist Kathy Olson,
and Acoustic Bassist Lisa Mezzacappa

  • Saturday, April 27, 2013
  • Old Cabell Hall
  • 8:00pm
  • $10 General / $5 Students /
    Free for UVA Students if
    Reserved in Advance
On Saturday April 27th in Old Cabell Hall the Uva Jazz Ensemble directed by John D'earth will present three guest artists who are all alumnae of the University of Virginia Jazz program. Pianist Kait Dunton, baritone saxophonist Kathy Olson, and acoustic bassist Lisa Mezzacappa have all pursued careers as jazz performers and recording artists and each of them got their start under D'earth's direction. The three women will perform original music and jazz classics in a reunion concert that will bring these former members of the Jazz Ensemble together for the first time.

Masterclasses in jazz performance and a panel discussion on the role of women in jazz are planned.