Guitarist, Scott Sharrard, celebrates the music of Grant Green with a stellar NYC lineup!
Scott Sharrard- Guitar
Craig Dreyer ~ Baritone Sax
Pat Bianchi - B-3 Organ
Kenny Brooks- Tenor Sax
Tony Mason- Drums
2018 GRAMMY nominee Scott Sharrard had been the touring guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band since the Fall of 2008. He’s been called “one of the best guitarists in the country” by Billboard. Gregg Allman had high praise for the guitarist. “I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.” Of late, Scott has also been concentrating on the growth of his solo career while holding Gregg's legacy near and dear as a guiding light and point of everlasting inspiration. His next album "Saving Grace" has been recorded and will be released in 2018.
Scott on Grant Green:
“The first time I ever heard of Grant Green was from Stevie Ray Vaughn. He mentioned Grants “Alive” album in a Musician magazine interview. Unfortunately in the early 1990’s, that album, and all of Grant’s funk oriented output from the 1970s, was out of print and not yet reissued on CD. At the age of 15 I took to the used record bins, and after a few dusty months of searching I found a plain white sleeve with “Alive” scribbled on it. On closer inspection the inner label told the tale “Let the music take your mind” (a Kool and the Gang cover) was track one. I ran home to put it on. It did not disappoint. From Idris Muhammad’s first snare shot a new sound was unfolding from my turntable. Once Grant stated the melody and took off on his first solo (clocking over 3 minutes) I was sold. This was the sound of the saxophone on the guitar. For my whole young life I had been imitating Maceo Parker, King Curtis and Junior Walker on the guitar. Little did I know this cat had cracked the code long ago. My high school jazz band learned this whole album, and “Alive" gave our generation of young musicians at Milwaukees High School of the Arts our official gateway drug to jazz improvisation. Grant was a laser of soul, attitude and groove. He never played a false note and he always makes the listener stand at attention. True instrumental storytelling with an infectious beat.”