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AND THE CHARLES UNGER EXPERIENCE Jazz, R&B, World Beat
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A major force in the music scene of the San Francisco Bay area for the last 40 years, saxophonist Charles Unger is a musical institution. He is known for his exuberant style and talent, and for a stage show that is unforgettable.
A regular performer at various San Francisco clubs, Charles is an innovator in the genres of Jazz, R&B and World Beat. Charles, who plays alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, was deeply influenced by the seminal works of artists such as Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Grover Washington, Kenny Garrett and Lester Young, but has also drawn on a lifetime of experience playing with top level musicians the world over. Charles brings an undeniable sense of joy to his performances, with a smile that welcomes even the most recalcitrant listeners to the party, then proceeds to open up avenues of music that are enjoyable for the uninitiated and the aficionado alike.
In San Francisco, Charles plays every Wednesday and Friday evening at Les Joulins Jazz Bistro (where he has performed for 19 years), leading a jazz band that includes his wife Valencia on vocals on Friday evenings. His band performs first Saturday of each month at the Sheba Lounge. He has also played at Rasselas, Yoshi’s San Francisco, Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco, 57th Street Gallery in Oakland and many other places in the San Francisco Bay Area.
During the last three summers, Charles Unger Experience has performed in Sweden at the Gothenburg Cultural Festival, in Båstad and at the Kristianstad/Åhus Jazz Festival. He has also performed with the Swedish group Wavemakers in the musical ”A Dream of a Better Life” at multiple locations. During the summer of 2011, Charles toured Europe for the first time since 2005, and performed in Sweden, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris and in the South of France.
Charles Unger is a great player who loves what he is doing. Music for him is a spiritual mission and a quest for a kind of secular redemption that he has pursued since he was a child — one that sustains him and has brought him a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Charles Unger Bio, Quotes and Review
What Other People Say
The New Fillmore, May 1, 2011: ‘A great player who loves what he’s doing’
MUSIC | Anthony Torres
I first heard Charles Unger play when I stepped into the Sheba Piano Lounge on the way home from Yoshi’s one night. As I walked in, I was immediately struck by the intonation of the tenor sax and the ease with which Unger and his band, The Experience, moved through Carlos Santana’s “Europa.” Since then I have seen them at both Sheba and Rasselas. Every time, it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Continue reading at The New Fillmore.
Bert Brown, sound engineer at the White Horse, Black Mountain, NC, where Charles played in July and December 2010:
"As a listener, I love it when I can see the passion in the music, even with my eyes closed. Few players can emote through their instrument as well as Charles."
"As a musician, I crave the experience of watching players who care enough and dare enough to make each song a special event. Charles and his band never fail to add extra value to every piece."
"As a sound engineer, I appreciate any musician who loves the music enough to let go of the technical details. Charles always trusts me to give my best effort to making the show appealing to the eyes and ears of the listener. This is the sign of a real pro."
Eric Smith, Beyond Chron, Edgetone Records
Charles Unger has performed for numerous years at Les Joulins Jazz Bistro on Ellis, and the Rasselas Jazz Club on Fillmore, to the delight of regulars, tourists, purists and jazz aficionados alike. Continue reading...