Born: November 30, 1957 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Sharon LaMotte’s love affair with music and art has been a feature of her life from the beginning. Her total emersion in the world of jazz happened relatively late in life. She began to sing several years before meeting Bill Gerhardt and at his urging, started working professionally. She has continued to study with the great Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton in New York City. Her knack for choosing material that is perfectly suited to her is uncanny. Her set list includes unfamiliar, modern compositions, as well as standards ranging back to the 1920’s. Sharon’s delivery is highly personal and direct. Her trademark is a pure, unembellished interpretation that relies on tone and phrasing to communicate the lyric and melody. Another aspect of her style that sets her apart is the unique arrangements which are conceived with Gerhardt. Often compared to Blossom Dearie and Astrud Gilberto, LaMotte performs with sincere, sexy honesty.
Sharon LaMotte is a fine professional jazz vocalist. She organizes many concerts and workshops and promotes jazz music. She is a real asset to the jazz community! ~ jay clayton
What more can one ask for when it comes to a deep love of jazz music? Sharon LaMotte is a very dedicated musician who has a wonderful feeling for the music and has gone to great lengths to keep it alive through her own performances and through promoting the performances of others. She is great lady who is totally dedicated to sharing jazz music with audiences in a listening room setting. ~Sheila Jordan As a founding member of the Asheville based Jazz Composer's Forum, Sharon LaMotte has brought lots of creative music and musicians to the area and has created a local scene for modern jazz. ~ Bassist Mike Holstein , Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine Without a doubt, Sharon LaMotte is one of the most influential people in the Asheville Area Jazz Scene. She is instrumental in the hiring, promotion and support of many area jazz musicians and events. She also happens to be a fine singer. ~ Drummer Justin Watt Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine
Willing to teach:
Sharon provides a weekly jazz vocal workshop at the Asheville Music School SE 126 College St., where students are explore jazz singing and practice improvisation. While focusing on the many aspects of jazz language they are encouraged to take risks while performing in a comfortable supportive environment. She helps singers who are just beginning as well as seasoned singers to uncover their unique voice and develop their own style and delivery of tune. A life long student herself she invites other vocal teachers and jazz musicians to work with the group to allow for a beautiful and broad experience of learning jazz music. She also works individually with singers coaching them on the practice of vocalizing, selecting repertoire, unique delivery and aspects of performance. Since 2001, Sharon has studied privately with Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Bill Gerhardt, Mike Holstein. She also attended Jamey Abersold camp , Sheila Jordan Retreats, Workshops by Kendra Shank and Rhiananon . Master classes by Karrin Allyson, Tierny Sutton, Annie Sellick, Lisa Sokolov . Available to teach in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC area.