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Sonny Sharrock to Have Street Named After Him in his Hometown

Ossining, New York to rename street after free-jazz pioneer guitarist on October 2

Sonny Sharrock

On Saturday, October 2, the late Sonny Sharrock will have a street named for him in his hometown of Ossining, N.Y. In a ceremony presided over by Ossining’s mayor, Bill Hanauer, South Malcolm Street will be renamed “Sonny Sharrock Way” in honor of the jazz guitar pioneer. The Sons of Sharrock, a band led by Sharrock’s cousin Kendall Buchanan, will perform at the event.

A one-time Miles Davis sideman, Sharrock was a guitarist who was truly beyond category, noted for his use of dissonance, feedback and distortion combined with stunning technique. Sharrock was featured in the July/August 2002 issue of JazzTimes in a piece called “The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Jazz.” In that article, Ron Wynn wrote: “Sonny Sharrock was an experimental, rampaging guitarist who loved free music. He approached the instrument more as a saxophone and percussive weapon than a lyrical accompaniment tool. A onetime singer who performed in doo-wop groups for seven years, Sharrock easily delivered explosive splintered riffs, whiplash phrases and crackling accompaniment.”

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