Charlie Hunter is a favorite of contemporary jazz guitar fans. A musical and improvisational wizard, he plays custom seven- and eight-string guitars, allowing him to play melodies, rhythm, chords and basslines at the same time, and like no one else. On Dec. 18, Hunter brings his current trio to Santa Cruz, comprising vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Silvana Estrada and drummer Carter McLean.
INFO: 7 & 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.