Austin singer Sarah Sharp spent many years singing with the Jitterbug Vipers, an offbeat Austin jazz-folk-swing ensemble whose beloved and charismatic ringleader, Slim Richey, died in 2015. Now she’s playing and recording under her own name, for the first time in about a decade.
“Wake,” released last month, was the first of four EPs she’s planning to release this year. Sharp, a recipient of a grant from local music patron organization Black Fret in 2017, has just released a video for the EP’s track “Just Go.” We’re premiering it today on Austin360.
The song is intriguingly spare, with just cellist Yaniel Matos accompanying Sharp’s vocals. The video, shot locally at the Austin School of Film, matches that minimalist approach, featuring just Sharp and Dorian Colbert, an Austin musician who teaches at Huston-Tillotson University.
Sharp is performing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Elephant Room, part of an ongoing weekly residency at the historic local jazz club. Other upcoming performances include May 9 at the new Parker Jazz Club downtown, and May 23 on Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live broadcast from Guero’s Oak Garden on South Congress.