TC ECKSTEIN PERFORMS W/GRAMMY AWARD WINNING JAZZ BASSIST

2015 Festival

Sharpe Meets Tharpe: Avery Sharpe's Gospel Choir Salutes Sister Rosetta Tharpe


Sharpe Meets Tharpe: Avery Sharpe's Gospel Choir Salutes Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sharpe Meets Tharpe: Avery Sharpe's Gospel Choir Salutes Sister Rosetta Tharpe


 

"Sharpe Meets Tharpe" Avery Sharpe and the New England Gospel Choir salute Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with Charles Neville, Angel Rose and directed by Kevin Sharpe.

 

Avery Sharpe is one of the best known bassists in jazz today. Noted for a two decade stint (1980-2000) with the great McCoy Tyner, he studied economics at UMASS where he met Reggie Workman who persuaded him to master acoustic bass. It was not long before he was performing with Art Blakey, Archie Shepp, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny.

Avery was the first artist to dip the Litchfield Festival’s toes into Gospel with  his Sojourner Truth Project in 2012 featuring vocalist Jeri Brown and Sharpe’s Extended Family Choir peopled with, well, extended family, and his students at Williams College Gospel Choir. His grounding in gospel came from the influence of his mother who was a church pianist.  Sharpe himself leads a gospel choir in Springfield MA as well as the Williams group.

In Sharpe Meets Tharpe, his salute to the iconic gospel singer, Rosetta Tharpe, (directed by his brother Kevin Sharpe) he brings his long-time jazz ensemble together with gospel singers from around New England to honor the African American singer who is credited with popularizing gospel among secular audiences in the 20s and 30s. Gospel releases on Decca, a first for the label, in 1938 became smash hits making Tharpe the first commercially successful gospel singer. Riding the waves of her hits, Tharpe appeared at Carnegie Hall with John Hammond in 1938 breaking two old taboos—performing gospel in a secular setting and playing the guitar—then frowned upon for women. While she was at it she continued to “scandalize” by playing with Cab Calloway at Harlem’s Cotton Club.

Her unique brand of music is often considered the precursor to rock and roll. Always an original, Tharpe married in 1951 at Griffith Stadium to 25,000 paying guests and did a gospel performance in her wedding gown! She later toured Europe with Muddy Waters in 1970 and was felled by a stoke three years later at age 58. Rosetta Tharpe’s epitaph reads,

“She would sing until you cried and then she would sing until you danced for joy...”

Avery Sharpe  has been a Litchfield Jazz Camp teaching artist since 2008 and began the camp’s emphasis on physical fitness with his early morning “Jazz Boot Camp” which he conducts to this day.

This is Avery Sharpe’s 7th appearance at the festival.  His Gospel Choir will be backed by his trio, including pianist Mike King, Jeremy Turgeon on trumpet, Charles Langford, tenor and soprano sax, Jim Messbauer on trombone, Charles Neville, tenor sax, drummer Cory Cox and Angel Rose lead vocals.  I think they will have us all “dancing for joy.”

Views: 71

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

WE GO ON FROM 12NOON TO 1PM THEN HEAD BACK TO SPRINGFIELD FOR A 5PM SHOW!

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Visitor Tracker

 free counters

(Posted February 10, 2012)

Badge

Loading…

Latest Activity

Bevon posted songs
10 hours ago
Bevon posted videos
10 hours ago
Sylvia Fedrick posted a song

 play ShineExtended Master 1

12 hours ago
FiGHiR vincent posted a photo

Available on AudioMack

FuturRoad available on AUDIOMACK
18 hours ago
Profile IconBevon, Basetla and Brian Dean joined Poze Productions/Poze Records Inc..FREE TO JOIN
20 hours ago
realhiphop posted blog posts
yesterday
Michael Patrick posted a blog post

SHEEEESH It’s 4Kg and JusTyler

 SHEEEEEESHHH! WE GOT AN INTERVIEW WITH 4KG AND JUSTYLER! LETS GET INTO IT!How did each of you come up with your name?4Kg: “I got the name 4Kg when I was a freshmen in high school and had my had shaved with a razor. They were practicing shot-putt with a women’s shot-putt…See More
yesterday
Artist Anthony Flake posted a video

Love On Christmas Day Cover

Love On Christmas Day Cover by Artist Anthony Flake
yesterday
Barbie Wills Dymond posted a video

Someone's Watching You

Visit: BarbieWillsDymond.com
yesterday
MystiQ The Mysterious updated their profile
yesterday
Sandra Morgan posted a status
"Hey guys, I have a new single about to hit the wave really decided on the name yet! It is however featuring Krizz Kaliko, and produced by W"
yesterday
MystiQ The Mysterious posted a status
"Recording my debut single this weekend. Been waiting for this moment for 5 years! whoop whoop!!"
yesterday
MystiQ The Mysterious posted videos
yesterday
HELLBORNE and Poze Productions are now friends
Tuesday
NY'AIRA posted a status
"HAPPY MONDAY!"
Monday
HELLBORNE is now a member of Poze Productions/Poze Records Inc..FREE TO JOIN
Monday

X-poze-ing VIP`s Speech

Notes

XMA Performers 2021

Created by Poze Productions Aug 12, 2021 at 6:57pm. Last updated by Poze Productions on Friday.

Poze ViP Makin News

Created by Poze Productions Jan 29, 2020 at 3:33pm. Last updated by Poze Productions on Friday.

video

Created by Poze Productions Sep 3, 2021 at 9:47pm. Last updated by Poze Productions Sep 22.

New VIP featured artists

Created by Poze Productions Aug 11, 2019 at 2:55pm. Last updated by Poze Productions Aug 5.

Blog Posts

KAFI KAYZO - "YORK 2"

Posted by realhiphop on December 8, 2021 at 12:44am 0 Comments

SayLe$$ - "Money come Money Go"

Posted by realhiphop on December 8, 2021 at 12:43am 0 Comments

5starkay - "Bad Bad"

Posted by realhiphop on December 8, 2021 at 12:34am 0 Comments

© 2021   Created by Poze Productions.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service