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Avery Sharpe

Honesty. Clarity. Dignity. These are words that come to mind when you listen to the music of bassist-composer Avery Sharpe. In an age of ephemeral pop stars and flavor-of-the-month trends, Sharpe is a reminder of the lasting value of steadfast dedication and personal integrity. As the title of one of his tunes asserts, "Always Expect the Best of Yourself."

Sharpe was born in Valdosta, Georgia, on August 23, 1954. His first instrument was the piano. "I started playing when I was eight years old," he recalls. "My mother was a piano player in the Church of God in Christ, and she gave lessons to everybody in the family — I'm the sixth of eight children — but it didn't stick until it got to me." He moved on to accordion and then switched to electric bass in high school

Album

Live At Fabrik

Label: Jazzline Classics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc One: Inner Glimpse; Announcement; Latino Suite; Body And Soul; Neo-Terra. Disc Two: Island Birdie; Round Midnight; Blues For Basie; What Is This Thing Called Love.

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Tiyo's Songs Of Life

Label: Tapestry Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Toe Tappin' Tastey; Blues to Change Your View—Stage In A Cage; Steppin' Up; Live A Life of Love; My Love Is Deep Inside; 12 In 5; Life Long Friends; Blues For Pablo—Blues For Professor Zinn; I'm Reaching Out.

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Toe Tappin' Tasty

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Label: Tapestry Records
Released: 2022
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Article: Album Review

Felipe Salles: Tiyo's Songs Of Life

Read "Tiyo's Songs Of Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Talk about remarkable origins; the music on Tiyo's Songs of Life, performed by tenor saxophonist Felipe Salles' quartet, was written by Tiyo Attallah Salah-El while he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in a Pennsylvania prison. In spite of his circumstances, Salah-El never lost his love for life, an upbeat frame of ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Bassist Laura Simone-Martin

Read "Meet Bassist Laura Simone-Martin" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a fifth grader at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ, Laura Simone-Martin was planning to play the cello. But her mother, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who teaches Vocal Jazz at Princeton University, showed her a video of bassist Esperanza Spalding performing at the White House. “I ...

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Article: Album Review

Felipe Salles, Zaccao Curtis, Avery Sharpe, Jonathan Butler: Tiyo's Songs Of Life

Read "Tiyo's Songs Of Life" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Embarking on an errant path in his youth led saxophonist Tiyo Attallah Salah-El to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. That is about as grim as it gets, but Salah-El, rather than giving in to defeat, turned himself into a behind-the-bars composer, author and activist. He passed in 2018, but his music came to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Roxy Coss, flutist Elsa Nilsson and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Nat King Cole, Berta Moreno, Eliane Elias, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mark Murphy and in the second hour a salute to Marian McPartland in celebration of her 104th birthday. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Album Review

McCoy Tyner / Freddie Hubbard Quartet: Live At Fabrik

Read "Live At Fabrik" reviewed by Chris May


Warning! Highly Flammable Material! This superb album, recorded in Hamburg in 1986 and never previously released, ought to come with a caution, so incendiary is it. Strictly speaking, Live At Fabrik presents pianist McCoy Tyner's trio with bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Louis Hayes and guest artist Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and flugelhorn. ...

Album

Powerless

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Bliss; Feel The Light; Better Days Ahead; It’s A New Day; Feeling Nice; Close To You; Let’s Chill; Midnight Mood; Drive Time; Holding Back; Powerless; Thinking Back; Top Secret


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