Vocalist/Keyboardist/Songwriter/Bandleader/Music Teacher Sharman Duran is a musician whose main impetus is always to get inside the music, whether it be bop, Brazilian jazz, funk, Afro Cuban jazz, R &B, or (her favorite) uncategorizable. Her voice is soulful, her phrasing makes astute use of rhythm, her delivery witty, poignant or playful as called for by the composer (be it Cole Porter, Chick Corea, George Duke, Stevie Wonder or herself). Her piano playing provides the perfect setting for her voice and a great complement for the other instruments in the ensemble, and her jazz B3 playing exhibits a mean left hand bass.
Born and raised in San Francisco by jazz musicians, she spent her formative years in a milieu of the best music, and early on was instilled with high artistic standards. After a piano performance major in college she went on to play clubs and festivals in Europe and Asia as well as in her home town of San Francisco, at such venues as the St. Francis Hotel, Top o’ the Mark, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Russian River Jazz Festival, Club Deluxe, Yoshi’s, Bird and Beckett and many more.
In addition to playing other people’s music, Sharman Duran has written a fair
amount of her own, which has been recorded by herself and others. Her latest CD is the 2019 release “Questioning Reality” (Ojito Productions), of which Chris Spector, reviewing for the Midwest Record, wrote, “…A jazzy spirited vocalist that writes them as well as sings them, she’s deeply in tune with left field sensibilities and addresses them full force.“
More of her music can be heard on her CD’s “Future Echo”, “PostApocalyptic Subterranean Paradise” and the compilation CD “Quintessentials” (all available on iTunes).
On the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music for over 20 years, Sharman Duran is also a sought after teacher whose comfort level with and love for a spectrum of musical styles makes it easy for her to impart her enthusiasm to both young and mature students. Also an early childhood educator, her programs for 3- to 5-year-olds enable kids to learn the rudiments of music through singing and playing the music of jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.