Since the age of sixteen, Vancouver based jazz pianist and composer, Sharon Minemoto has been performing to audiences around the world. In 1997, Sharon started her own quintet made up of Canadian jazz greats Brad Turner on trumpet, Ross Taggart on tenor saxophone, Darren Radtke on bass and Bernie Arai on drums. This band performs her original compositions and has recorded four shows for CBC Radio as well as a CD released on Cellar Live Records entitled, “Side A”. The album spent eight consecutive weeks in the top 10 for the Canadian national jazz and blues charts, Chartattack. Sharon’s groups have been featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Powell Street Festival, The Hornby Island Arts Festival, Festival Vancouver, the Jazz On The Wing series in Whitehorse, YT, The Kamloops Jazz Society, The Kelowna Jazz Festival and at Club JZ in Shanghai, China.
In addition to composing, Sharon puts her arranging talents to work on standards and pop tunes for her trio featuring bassist Paul Rushka and drummer Paul Townsend. The trio came out with their debut CD called “You Can See The Ocean From Here” in Spring 2008 and this album has also spent several weeks in the Top 10 on Chartattack.
Sharon holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano College in North Vancouver. While she was a student there, she was selected from applicants across North America as the pianist for the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) College All-Star Band. Since graduating, she has studied with pianist Geoff Keezer in 1999, and then received a Canada Arts Council grant in 2000 to study composition with Don Thompson in Toronto.
In addition to her quintet and trio, Sharon has also
performed in ensembles led by Alan Matheson, Cory Weeds, Fred Stride, Dee Daniels, Joani Taylor, Laura Crema, Karin Plato and Jennie Emery as well as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Chamber Choir. In March 2006, she toured in Europe with Persian pop legend, Dariush. This year Sharon got her first experiences working for TV and film doing some arranging and recording for the ABC TV Series, “Men In Trees” as well as being a piano coach for the upcoming Hollywood movie, “2012” aka “Farewell Atlantis” to be released in 2009.
Sharon is a faculty member in the School of Music at Vancouver Community College. She has also taught at workshops and and masterclasses at the UBC Summer Music Institute, The Shawnigan Lake Music Workshop, Capilano
College, the Smithers Jazz Retreat, the Douglas College Jazz Institute and at the Shanghai International School. As an adjudicator she has worked at the Vancouver School Board Jazz Festival and at the Rotary Music Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.