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 +'''Avery Sharpe''' (born August 23, 1954) is an American [[jazz]] [[double-bass]]ist, electric bassist, composer, educator and founder of the artist owned record label, JKNM Records, back in 1993.
-'''Onaje Allan Gumbs''' (born '''Allan Bentley Gumbs''', September 3, 1949 – April 6, 2020) was an [[American pianist]], composer, and bandleader.+Sharpe has a distinguished percussive and rhythmic approach on double bass and is something to see in live performances. He incorporates the Hum-a-long(vocal scatting with the bowed bass) bass technique, popularized by Leroy “Slam” Stewart and Major “Mule” Holly, into his playing.
-==Early career==+Sharpe was first bought to prominence by tenor saxophonist [[Archie Shepp]] and drummer [[Art Blakey]], but is best known for his longtime association with Piano Jazz Legend [[McCoy Tyner]] from 1980-2003. He recorded some 20 plus records with Tyner.
-In 1971, [[Leroy Kirkland]] introduced Gumbs to the Detroit guitarist [[Kenny Burrell]], to whom Onaje gave a demo tape. The following day, Gumbs received a call to play with Burrell at [[Baker's Keyboard Lounge]] in [[Detroit]]. This work led to further performances with major jazz musicians such as bassist [[Larry Ridley]] as well as [[The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra]]. During those early 1970s, Gumbs replaced [[Nat Adderley, Jr.]] in a contemporary jazz ensemble called Natural Essence. At that time in the course of two years, some of the personnel of this group included drummer [[Buddy Williams (jazz drummer)|Buddy Williams]], bassist Alex Blake, trombonist [[Earl McIntyre]] and on percussion, [[T. S. Monk]].+
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-Gumbs adopted the name Onaje in the early 1970s; it means "the sensitive one".+
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-"His association with the [[New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music]] in New York and his work with the Litchfield Jazz Camp in [[New Milford, Connecticut|New Milford, Conn.]], allowed him to expand his vision and shape young minds."+
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-==After 2010==+
-On January 24, 2010, Gumbs suffered a stroke. Amazingly, he stayed in the hospital for only two days. By December of that same year, an album was released in Japan entitled ''Just Like Yesterday''. On this CD Gumbs was accompanied by Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey, [[Marcus McLaurine]], William S. Patterson and Chuggy Carter. Any visible signs of the stroke had since vanished. +
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-In February 2015, he suffered another medical setback. Although he was hospitalized for two weeks, he recovered and was able to return to work doing what he does best, composing, arranging and playing piano.+
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-Onaje Allan Gumbs died on 6 April, 2020, aged 70.+
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-==Discography==+
- +
-===As leader===+
-{| class="wikitable sortable"+
-!Year recorded+
-!Title+
-!Label+
-!Personnel/Notes+
-|-+
-|1976+
-|''[[Onaje]]''+
-|[[SteepleChase Records|SteepleChase]]+
-|Solo piano+
-|-+
-|1980s+
-|''Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations Based on the Melodies of Ronald Shannon Jackson''+
-|Ejano Music+
-|Solo piano; released around 2014|-+
-|1988?+
-|''That Special Part of Me''+
-|Zebra+
-|+
-|-+
-|1989?+
-|''Dare to Dream''+
-|Zebra+
-|With Roger Byam (tenor sax), Jef Lee Johnson and [[Kevin Eubanks]] (guitar), Oscar Carataya (bass), Buddy Williams (drums), Steve Thornton (percussion), Gerri Griffin and Dennis Collins (vocals)+
-|-+
-|2000+
-|''Return to Form''+
-|[[Half Note Records|Half Note]]+
-|With Rene McLean (alto sax), [[Marcus McLaurine]] (bass), Payton Croslley (drums), Gary Fritz (percussion)+
-|-+
-|2004+
-|''Remember Their Innocence''+
-|Ejano Music+
-|With [[Sadao Watanabe (musician)|Sadao Watanabe]] (alto sax)+
-|-+
-|2006+
-|''Sack Full of Dreams''+
-|18th & Vine+
-|With Mark Shim (tenor sax), Bob DeVos (guitar), [[Marcus McLaurine]] (bass), George Gray (drums), Gary Fritz (percussion), Obba Babatunde (vocals)+
-|-+
-|2010?+
-|''Just Like Yesterday''+
-|Pony Canyon+
-|+
-|}+
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-Main source:+
- +
-===As sideman===+
-'''With [[Nat Adderley]]'''+
-*''[[Don't Look Back (Nat Adderley album)|Don't Look Back]]'' (SteepleChase, 1976)+
-*''[[Hummin']]'' (Little David, 1976)+
-'''With [[T. K. Blue]]'''+
-*''Follow the North Star'' (JaJa, 2008)+
-'''With [[Betty Carter]]'''+
-*''[[The Betty Carter Album]]'' (Bet-Car Productions, 1976)+
-'''With [[Norman Connors]]'''+
-*''[[Dark of Light]]''+
-*''[[Love from the Sun]]''+
-*''[[Saturday Night Special]]''+
-*''[[You Are My Starship]]''+
-*''[[Invitation (Norman Connors album)|Invitation]]''+
-*''[[Mr. C]]''+
-*''[[Eternity]]''+
-'''With [[Carlos Garnett]]'''+
-*''[[Black Love (Carlos Garnett album)|Black Love]]'' (Muse, 1974)+
-'''With [[Toninho Horta]]+
-*''[[Moonstone (Toninho Horta album)|Moonstone]]'' (Verve Forecast, 1989)+
-*''[[Foot On The Road]]'' (Verve, 1994)+
-'''With [[Ronald Shannon Jackson]]''' +
-*''[[Decode Yourself]]'' (Island, 1985)+
-'''With [[Bennie Maupin]]'''+
-*''[[Slow Traffic to The Right]]''+
-*''[[Moonscapes]]''+
-'''With [[Cecil McBee]]'''+
-*''[[Mutima]]'' (Strata-East, 1974)+
-'''With Mark Mosley'''+
-*''TLC'' (Mark Mosley, 2012)+
-'''With [[Avery Sharpe]]'''+
-*''Running Man'' (JKNM, 2011)+
-*''Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman'' (JKNM, 2013)+
-'''With [[Woody Shaw]]'''+
-*''[[The Moontrane]]'' (Muse, 1974)+
-*''[[Rosewood (album)|Rosewood]]'' (Columbia, 1977)+
-*''[[Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard]]'' (Columbia, 1978)+
-*''[[Woody III]]'' (Columbia, 1979)+
-'''With [[John Stubblefield]]'''+
-*''[[Prelude (John Stubblefield album)|Prelude]]'' (Storyville, 1978)+
-'''With [[Charles Sullivan (musician)|Charles Sullivan]]'''+
-*''[[Genesis (Charles Sullivan album)|Genesis]]'' (Strata-East, 1974)+
-'''With [[Lenny White]]+
-*''[[Venusian Summer]]''+
-*''[[Big City (Lenny White album)|Big City]]''+
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Avery Sharpe (born August 23, 1954) is an American jazz double-bassist, electric bassist, composer, educator and founder of the artist owned record label, JKNM Records, back in 1993.

Sharpe has a distinguished percussive and rhythmic approach on double bass and is something to see in live performances. He incorporates the Hum-a-long(vocal scatting with the bowed bass) bass technique, popularized by Leroy “Slam” Stewart and Major “Mule” Holly, into his playing.

Sharpe was first bought to prominence by tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp and drummer Art Blakey, but is best known for his longtime association with Piano Jazz Legend McCoy Tyner from 1980-2003. He recorded some 20 plus records with Tyner.




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