Avery George Sharpe, 23 August 1954, Valdosta, Georgia, USA. Encouraged by his mother, a singer and pianist, Sharpe played piano and accordion as a child. After studying economics at university, he turned to music and took tuition from Archie Shepp. He worked outside music for a while but at the end of the 70s, by now an accomplished player of the acoustic and electric bass, Sharpe became a professional musician. He has played and sometimes recorded with noted jazz musicians including Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Wynton Marsalis, Charles Mingus, Lucky Thompson and McCoy Tyner, working with the latter for more than 20 years. He proved to be especially suited to working with singers, including Tony Bennett, for whom he was also musical director for some years in the late 50s and early 60s, Rosemary Clooney, Chris Connor, Robert Goulet, Johnny Hartman, Peggy Lee, for whom he was also briefly musical director, and Mel Tormé. In...