Vancouver jazz pianist, Sharon Minemoto's quartet is playing at Gig Space (953 Gladstone Ave.) on Fri, Mar 23rd. Show begins at 7:30pm and tickets are $20.
The band is made up of some of Western Canada's finest musicians including Jon Bentley on saxophones, Adam Thomas on bass and Bernie Arai on drums. Her memorable compositions are influenced by a wide range of composers such as Herbie Hancock, Kenny Wheeler, Stevie Wonder, The Patrick Watson Band and Alexander Scriabin. The album and much of the music on their new release, "Safe Travels" is written in memory of Minemoto's long-time partner, jazz pianist/saxophonist, Ross Taggart who lost his battle with renal cancer in 2013. Raul da Gama of The Whole Note Magazine, describes Minemoto as "imaginative and lyrical as a composer, with pianistic technique in spades. This recording will not only be remembered for its elegiac reconstruction of the larger-than-life personality that Taggart was,especially among Canada's West Coast musical community. Rather it will also draw accolades for its gorgeous, cinematic quality."