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“I love to present jazz music because I love to listen to it. I love to watch it being born. It’s always new and fresh when it’s live improvisation As a singer and jazz musician I need great jazz to listen to because that’s how I learn and grow better musical ears . I’m very appreciative of our Asheville jazz loving audience, who come out and support the live musicians we are so honored to have here in the mountains.”
~ Sharon LaMotte
Sharon LaMotte’s lifelong love affair with music and art transformed into a total emersion in the world of jazz. She had been singing for several years when she met Bill Gerhardt. At his urging, she began performing professionally. A diligent seeker, she continued to study with jazz greats Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton in New York City.
Sharon has an uncanny knack for choosing material that is perfectly suited to her. Her songbook includes both modern, somewhat unfamiliar compositions as well as standards that date as far back as the 1920s.
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 Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie and Astrud Gilberto, LaMotte performs with velvet tone, sincere and sexy honesty.
Excerpt from an article by
which appeared in Rapid River Magazine
A great way to evaluate the impact an artist has made on the community they’re part of is to hear what other artists say about them.
“As a founding member of the Asheville-based Jazz Composers Forum, Sharon LaMotte has brought lots of creative music and musicians to the area, and created a local scene for modern jazz.” ~ Bassist Mike Holstein
“Without a doubt, Sharon LaMotte is one of the most important people in the Asheville-area jazz scene. She is instrumental in the promotion, hiring and supporting of many jazz-related events and people in this area. She also happens to be a fine singer.” ~ Drummer Justin Watt
Born in Newport , RI and coming from an artistic and musical family, Sharon’s earliest experience with music was playing the ukulele and singing when she was five years old. From age nine, she began teaching herself piano and taking flute lessons, and her search for a musical voice continued at fifteen when she got a job in order to buy a guitar.
Sharon majored in the fine arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Fairfax, Va. and Ducret School in New Jersey. Sharon’s start in the music business came in the form of managing and promoting singer/songwriter Michael Fitzgerald 1979 in Red Bank, NJ. Her jazz vocal coaches include Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan.
Sharon became a resident of Asheville in 1984 and the diverse music scene here re-kindled her passionate interest. .......