Avery Sharp & Charles Neville Duo “From New Orleans to New England”
Avery Sharpe learned both electric and acoustic bass as a teenager, and studied with Reggie Workman at the University of Massachusetts. 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 releases on Sunnyside Records, and several albums on his own label, JKNM. Sharpe is remarkably versatile as a bassist. He plays both bass guitar and upright bass.
Shinbone Alley is three friends: Christopher Biase, Tyler Bussey, and Benedict Gagliardi. The trio came together for the first time at the University of Connecticut in 2009, united by a shared interest in folk music, especially (but not limited to) Irish and American folk songs and fiddle tunes. After months of informally trading songs and tunes, performing everywhere from hootenannies and farmer’s markets to small, lamp-lit house concerts, and with an already-massive repertoire of traditional music in tow, they teamed up to form Shinbone Alley.
The World’s a stage … the mic is OPEN! This Open Mic is for YOU – the budding artist. Showcase your talents, nurture them with this supportive group. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance, read some spoken word, the microphone is yours for the asking. Community spirit prevails. We have congas and a piano or BYO instrument. Ends around 9:30 – 10.
Suggested donation $3 – 5, pay what you can. Refreshments available.
New Open Mic on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
An open mic that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. Only those who agree to be viewed on TV should perform. All are welcome to participate as a performer or as audience. Produced by Ty Mapp and hosted by Chandra Williams
Songwriters Circle: Diane Solomon, Paul Lombardo and Jim Paradis
The star quality, crisp and polished emotion of Diane Solomon’s performance – the classical influence in the deep and soulful strains of Paul Lombardo’s voice and guitar – the romantic, sappy, and sometimes irreverent lyrical twists to Jim Paradis’ music… These 3 seasoned songwriters are sure to have you laughing, crying and everything in between! Diane has toured with Glen Campbell and Kenny Rogers and had her own TV variety show in Britain.