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(SOLD OUT) Avery Sharpe & Charles Langford

October 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Charles Langford was born in Texarkana, Texas and moved to Massachusetts with my family, where He grew up in a home immersed in music, and began playing music professionally at the age of 14. He then continued studying music in college, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Music is and always has been Charles’ passion, and it is his honor to share this with you.

Avery Sharpe was born in Valdosta, Georgia and his first instrument was the piano. He studied economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., while he played electric bass in gospel, funk, and rock groups.

With encouragement from renowned bassist Reggie Workman, he learned acoustic bass and soon was performing with Archie Shepp and Art Blakey. In 1980, Sharpe won a spot in McCoy Tyner’s group and worked with him for the next 20 plus years, playing hundreds of gigs worldwide and appearing on more than 20 recordings with Tyner.

Sharpe’s credits also include sideman stints and recordings with jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsales, Yusef Lateef, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny Billy Taylor. and many more. His first recording as a leader was the 1988 album Unspoken Words on Sunnyside Records.

       “The key to the thrusting power of Mr. Tyner’s current trio is the bassist, Mr. Sharpe. . . . Alternating between acoustic and electric             bass, [he] maintains such a commanding presence on both that he is a center around which everything else rolls.”

                  —John S. Wilson, the New York Times

        “Heavy gospel influences are often evident in Sharpe’s original work. The way his solos slowly enlarge, like the sermons of a                       pulpit-thumping preacher, reflect the spirits of his childhood home.”

                  —Mike Ervin, Jazzi

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October 30, 2021
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
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