born on 23/8/1954 in Valdosta, GA, United States
Avery Sharpe (born August 23, 1954) is an American jazz double-bassist.
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.
Although not as well known as Ron Carter or Christian McBride, he is remarkably versatile as a bassist. A switch-hitter on bass guitar and upright bass, his humming-and-bowing, à la Slam Stewart, as well as his chord work on stand-up bass make quite an impression when seeing and hearing him live.
- Unspoken Words (Sunnyside Records, 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)
With McCoy Tyner
- Double Trios (1986)
- Major Changes (1987)
- Live at the Musicians Exchange Cafe (1987)
- Uptown/Downtown (1988)
- Solar: Live at Sweet Basil (1991)
- Blue Bossa (1991)
- Remembering John (1991)
- Journey (1993)
- Infinity McCoy Tyner (1997)
- Autumn Mood (1997)
- Jazz Portraits from the WGBH Archives: Avery Sharpe a radio documentary from WGBH Radio Boston]