Dave's Story

Dave Sharp was born in Detroit, Michigan where he was inspired by the city’s rich musical heritage. While earning a degree from the University of Michigan, Sharp became deeply devoted to the study of jazz and improvisation. This led to a move to San Francisco, where Dave studied with legendary bassist Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann) at the New College of California. 

While living in San Francisco, Sharp performed in art spaces and venues like Cafe Du Nord and the Fillmore, and served as bassist and composer for the modern jazz ensemble the Spheres of Influence. After a brief tour of Japan, Sharp returned home to Michigan, where he continues to compose, record, engineer, teach and perform live in front of appreciative audiences. 

Sharp brings both his upright and electric bass skills to a wide variety of music groups, including Dave Sharp's Secret 7 (World Jazz), Dave Sharp Worlds Trio, Three Worlds Trio, Sumkali (Indian Fusion), Klezmephonic (Traditional Klezmer), Wisaal (Arabic Fusion) as well as collaborating with Bollywood musicians (Parthiv Gohil, Jointa Gandhi) and touring Kirtan (Girish, Prema Hara) artists.

Sharp has been engineering and producing projects at Backseat Productions, a professional rec ording studio on the outskirts of Ann Arbor.  With a wide range of music styles on his resume, which includes playing electric bass with The Melvins, and playing upright bass with Iggy Pop & the Stooges, Sharp has the experience to track your project and make it shine! Recent releases from the Backseat production mill include Dave Sharp Secret 7’s WORLDS https://youtu.be/C_e7R6AHjns and Kelzmephonic’s Ot Azoy! https://youtu.be/R63gS8CqqHU
Student musicians thrive under Mr. Sharp’s guidance, as he has coached and recorded student ensembles from the Ann Arbor Music Center adult band program (Surf Rock, Blues, Original Rock) as well as young jazz musicians during the annual Ann Arbor Music Center Jazz Camp Band. Sharp is the director of the Jazz & Blues Program at the Ann Arbor Music Center, and offers private and group lessons in a fully equipped music studio in downtown Ann Arbor.