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Avery Sharpe

Avery Sharpe

Jul 11th 2019 @ Bezanson Hall

Amherst, MA
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About Avery Sharpe
Genres:
Jazz
Hometown:
Plainfield, MA

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Musician. An inspirational artist, Avery Sharpe has earned their reputation as a tale...
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Jazz in July Jazz Camp
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
7:30 PM
Bezanson Hall
151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA 01003
Avery Sharpe was born in Valdosta, Georgia, and his first instrument at age 8, was the piano. His first music teacher was his mother (Evelyn), a piano player and choir director in the “Church of God in Christ” He moved on to accordion and then switched to electric bass in high school. Sharpe enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, where he studied economics and continued to play electric bass in gospel, funk, and rock groups. While at UMass, he met the jazz bassist Reggie Workman, who encouraged him to learn the acoustic bass. Sharpe adapted quickly to the big instrument, and within a few years he was performing with such notables as Archie Shepp and Art Blakey. In 1980, Sharpe auditioned with McCoy Tyner and won a spot in the pianist’s group. He worked with Tyner almost continuously for more than 20 years, playing hundreds of live gigs and appearing on more than 20 records. Sharpe’s credits also include sideman stints with many other jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie to Pat Metheny, as well as leading his own groups. To date he has more than 13 titles as a leader, 12 of the titles are on his self-owned record label, JKNM Records. His latest JKNM recording is Sharpe meets Tharpe, released in March 2016. A tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, it features the New England Gospel Choir, Charles Neville and R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan.

Avery teaches at Williams College in the Music Department, where he is director of a small Jazz Ensemble, Artist Associate on Jazz Bass and Faculty Advisor for the Williams Gospel Choir.
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About Avery Sharpe
Genres:
Jazz
Hometown:
Plainfield, MA

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Musician. An inspirational artist, Avery Sharpe has earned their reputation as a tale...
Read More