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Charles Sharp: Challenging Music

Dr. Charles Sharp is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, band leader, side-man, educator, radio host, and Bixby Knolls resident. He'll be performing on the southwest corner of Atlantic and Carson this Friday, with Dave Williams' band MBT (MajicBulletTheory), as part of the February First Fridays Long Beach art walk. 

Long Beach Post: What is it that you do these days? 

Charles Sharp: These days, like all the days for the past decade, I teach music history at CSU Fullerton—jazz, American popular music, folk music, the sociology of music, ethnomusicology and, occasionally, Western art music. Also, I play the saxophone and pretty much whatever else they will let me. I co-lead The Decisive Instant with Jeff Schwartz, and play with a small cadre of like minded jazzers. I get called by Dave Williams for his various groups, too. And BAAST — a somewhat inexplicable jazz funk group. 

I also co-host Trilogy on KXLU, one hour of experimental, improvised and new music every Wednesday from 9 to 10 p.m. The other hosts are local hero Bonnie Barnett and Kid Methuselah, who you probably have seen in the audience of out jazz shows in LA. I think Bonnie and I are the only ones who don't use aliases on KXLU. 

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