Avery Sharpe

Avery Sharpe (born August 23, 1954) is an American jazz double-bassist.

Avery Sharpe
McCoy Tyner - Avery Sharpe - Louis Hayes (Berlin 1987)
Background information
Birth nameAvery George Sharpe
Born(1954-08-23)August 23, 1954
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsMcCoy Tyner

Sharpe began playing piano at age eight and also studied accordion in his youth. He learned both electric and acoustic bass as a teenager, then studied with Reggie Workman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He played with Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny before joining McCoy Tyner's sextet; from 1984 through 2002 he played with Tyner's trio. He has also played as a sideman with Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Ricky Ford, Joe Ford, and others. As a leader, he has release on Sunnyside Records, and several albums on his own label, JKNM.


As leader

  • Unspoken Words (Sunnyside, 1988)
  • Extended Family (JKNM, 1993)
  • Extended Family, Vol. 2: Thoughts of My Ancestors (JKNM, 1995)
  • Extended Family, Vol. 3: Family Values (JKNM, 2001)
  • Dragon Fly (JKNM, 2005)
  • Epic Ebony Journey (JKNM, 2005)
  • Legends and Mentors (JKNM, 2008)

As sideman

With Yusef Lateef

With McCoy Tyner


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