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Todd's first and strongest influence is his father Bill, a brilliant jazz pianist. While growing up in San Diego, Todd was introduced to many of the top local jazz musicians. His parents' house became a gathering spot for late night jam sessions and a starting point in the development of his sound.
As a student of San Diego State University, Todd decided to become a permanent part of jazz culture. At the age of twenty, he packed his bags and moved to New York, hoping to immerse himself in the city's legendary jazz scene.
Greenwich Village became Todd's new school, the Village Vanguard his classroom, with Ahmad Jamal, Joe Henderson, Mel Lewis and Tommy Flannigan among his many great professors. After that solid tutorial, Todd chose Los Angeles as the stage from which to launch his career.
Los Angeles, with its rich and diverse music scene, provided Todd with the opportunity to try different sounds and styles - Salsa, Samba, South African and R & B. His fifteen years as resident keyboardist for O.C. Smith's City Of Angels church has also added gospel to his musical influences.
Hunter considers himself an experienced "road warrior," having traveled virtually all over the world. His tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra opened the House of Blues in Hollywood and made an appearance on the David Letterman show. More recently he has performed with Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Dionne Warwick on their Soul Divas tour. Todd is currently working with Ms. Warwick on her worldwide tour, which has included several shows in Brazil performing with the popular Brazilian artists Ivan Lins, Emilio Santiago, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben and Teo Lima.
Todd has also shared the stage with such music greats as Stevie Wonder, Jeffrey Osborne, Gladys Knight, Kashif, Olivia Newton John, The Spinners and Thom Bell, Gloria Estafan, Smokey Robinson and Billy Preston. In the jazz idiom, he has played with some of the best in the biz, including: Nancy Wilson, Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, Buddy Collette, Les McCann, Diane Shuur, Diane Reeves, Gerald Albright, Ndugu Chancler and Ronny Laws.
Todd Hunter's latest recording project, aptly titled "Have a Nice Trip," ensures that listeners will do just that--and then some. James Janisse, program host at KKJZ, says this project has been "put together with some of the most talented players on either coast (and all points in between)."
Todd Hunter's latest Dexterity Records release "Have a Nice Trip," is now available on the web at: www.toddsounds.com