Sharon started her own quintet In 1997 which still 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”. In addition to composing, she puts her arranging talents to work on standards and pop tunes for her trio which produced their debut CD called “You Can See The Ocean From Here” in the spring of 2008. Her albums have spent considerable time in the Top 10 Jazz Albums on Canada’s Chartattack.
Sharon’s groups have been featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Vernon Jazz Club, The Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society, The Powell Street Festival, The Hornby Island Arts Festival, Festival Vancouver, The Beatniq Jazz Club in Calgary, The Yardbird Suite Jazz Club in Edmonton, the Jazz On The Wing series in Whitehorse, YT and at Club JZ in China.
As a sideperson, Sharon has performed in ensembles led by Alan Matheson, Cory Weeds, Fred Stride, Dee Daniels, Joani Taylor, Laura Crema, James Danderfer, Ali Ryerson, Karin Plato, Jennie Emery, Steve Maddock as well as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Chamber Choir.
Sharon is also part of a funk/jazz/reggae collaborative called SiMmeR with bassist, Matt Reid and drummer, Richard Brown. In March 2006, she toured Europe with Persian pop legend, Dariush.
Sharon is a faculty member at the School of Music at Vancouver Community College.
She has also taught at workshops 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, YT. In addition to her work in festivals, she has served on the selection committee for The Canada Council of the Arts as well as The British Columbia Arts Council which grants funding to the country’s/province’s finest artists.
In addition to performing, composing and teaching, Sharon has subbed in as host of CBC Radio’s “Hot Air” program and has hosted a weekly one hour internet jazz radio show for mediaontap.com.
Sharon has been regular performer at Jazz Vespers for years both as a guest performer and as a sideperson. She is regarded as one of the most talented jazz musicians in the Vancouver Jazz scene and a most gracious and giving artist with her many commitments to helping other musicians grow in their craft.
With great pride we present Sharon Minemoto this Sunday for Jazz Vespers at St. Andrews Wesley.