jake sharp band

jake sharp band

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Lennon/McCartney dancing the tango with Thelonious Monk somewhere near Alpha-Centauri...

Biography

Jake Sharp guitarist, composer and bandleader

Guitarist, composer and bandleader, Jake Sharp, started on the instrument in 1987 drawn by classic rock
and blues.

“I began studying and was amazed and inspired at how much there was to learn.”
A close listen to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk was all it took to place him squarely in the jazz world.

But, Jake had never given up on his love of more modern, popular sounds and soon began putting it all together
along with “world beat” sounds he had been soaking up, giving him an aggressive tone and heavier-than-expected
rhythms, solid songwriting and swirly moments of psychedelia.

“I basically just realized that there
are no ‘styles’ — it’s either an honest expression or it’s not.”

This accounts for some of the unusual choices in the latest band’s cover material (Beatles, Radiohead, Bjork, and Ray Charles tunes) that has all popped up at gigs and on recordings.
Most of Jake’s experience is in the southeast — he currently records and performs in Atlanta with his own group. It’s a core trio that adds members as gig size permits. “This gives us a spontaneous feel that the audience responds to".

One of our favorite things to do is hand out percussion gadgets to the audience and give them space in the song... and they really have a blast with it.”

2006 semi-finalist in the: Independent Music World Series songwriting competition
Made 2nd round in the ISC competition

With his 2006 recording, Brilliant Shadows,
“Jake seems to have a knack for ‘speaking’ through his guitar,”
-James Hart, CD Baby.

“It makes you feel like you’ve traveled a familiar road, catching up with
old and new friends along the way.”

“Guitarist Jake Sharp’s storytelling
style is sure to keep even the non-jazz fan satisfied"
-SOUTHEAST PERFORMER MAGAZINE

C O N T A C T: j a c o b m s h a r p @ y a h o o . c om
W E B S I T E : w w w . j a k e s h a r p b a n d . c om

Jake has recently contributed a track to the film “The
Essence of Irwin” (produced by Tony Copley).

The latest release by The Jake Sharp Band is Brilliant Shadows (produced by Jake Sharp/Tony Copley) with Jairaj Swann on bass and Blake Helton
on drums and fender rhodes.

The CD is available for purchase at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/jakesharp.

Songs may be sampled/downloaded at:
www.myspace.com/jakesharpband
www.jakesharpband.com and
www.ledge7.com (management/marketing).

Lyrics

tones for t-bones

Written By: jake sharp

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bolango

Written By: jake sharp

instrumental

tones for t-bones

Written By: jake sharp

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Discography

Jake Sharp will have song on Nokia's "Music Recommenders" monthly subscription service /w David Bowie as "Godfather Recommender"!
Jake is jazz feature Oct-Nov 2006!!!

2005 RELEASE: Brilliant Shadows
I have tracks on several radio stations including:
88.5 WRAS atlanta
91.9 WREK atlanta
bandradio.com
mvyradio.com
theothnetwork.com
outboundmusic.com

Set List

Originals:
Bolango
Tones for T-bones
She
7/19
Boogaloo
Divergence
The Sun Warms It
Ebb and Flow
Brilliant Shadows
Roast Beef Cappucino
Burning Bush
Waiting for El Paso
Blues for Venus
Will and Oh Well
For the Last time
Oily Rag

Covers are uniquely arranged pop/rock:
3rd Stone From the Sun-done in heavy jazz triplet
Eleanor Rigby-done in faux Cubano
Godfather theme-tango
Karma Police(Radiohead)-spacey latino

Sets can range from 1 to 3 hrs.
We regularly play a club here in atlanta (the 5 spot) that squeezes 3 hrs. out of us!