The Kevin Sharpe Group, Jasmine Guy
Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kevin Sharpe began his musical career at the age of seven singing Gospel in his church choir. By age eleven the he was playing drums for that same choir and eventually became one of the primary drummers for the Church of God in Christ in the region. At the University of Massachusetts he studied classical percussion, arranging and choral conducting. The Springfield, Massachusetts native also studied voice with Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer and improvisation with Yusef Lateef. Since graduating with undergrad degrees in Music Education and Jazz Performance he has performed with numerous artists including Charlie Neville of the Neville Brothers and virtuoso Jazz violinist John Blake. He’s done recordings with artists both local and national. In addition to drumming, his work as a music director has lead him to be a guest conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Extended Family Orchestra, the new England Mass Gospel Choir and to direct groups across region. He has toured internationally and domestically with soul diva Betty Harris, Jazz great Archie Shepp, The Glory Gospel Singers, The Harlem Gospel Choir and others. Kevin is currently the leader of the modern Gospel ensemble “The Kevin Sharpe Group”, performs in the Latin /Jazz band “Ofrecimiento”, plays in “Raisin’ Cane” featuring Jasmine Guy, and is a producer at SwingHigh Productions.
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