Avery Sharpe Quartet And The Extended Family Choir at Northampton Jazz Festival at Edwards Church Of Northampton
Sat, September 30, 2023
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Avery Sharpe is a jazz bassist, composer, and educator. He began playing piano at age eight and switched to electric bass in high school. He studied economics at UMass Amherst while playing in gospel, funk, and rock bands. Sharpe met Reggie Workman, who encouraged him to learn acoustic bass. He soon began performing with Archie Shepp and Art Blakey. In 1980, he joined McCoy Tyner's group and played with him for 20 years. Sharpe has also recorded and performed with many other jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Yusef Lateef, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, and Billy Taylor.