Biography

Sharron McLeodSharron McLeod

“deep rooted mahogany vocals

    simple yet dynamic, sensational and intuitive” 

An established vocalist, Sharron McLeod is a favourite at Toronto’s prestigious annual Downtown Jazz Festival, Sharron has shared the stage with top jazz musicians such as Jane Bunnett, Rodney Kendrick, Archie Alleyne, Salome Bey, Jimmy Lovelace, Jackie Richardson, Yoron Isreals, Gord Webster, Duane Burno, Cliff Lee, Mike Gerber and Frank Falco. Along with regular club and festival appearances in Toronto, Sharron has performed in Europe and the United States.

Trained as a classical musician, Sharron’s focus naturally evolved to encompass jazz, she has also hosted/produced popular weekly jazz programs on Toronto radio stations Flow 93.5 and ckln 88.1 fm.

The multi-talented vocalist’s musical education began at age nine, including the study of recorder, flute, trombone, piano and voice. Sharron has studied with Liz Naylor, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Jay Clayton of the Steve Reich Ensemble (Seattle), Marilyn Crispell and the New Orchestra Workshop, Art Levine , Banff Jazz Workshop with Rufus Reid, Steve Coleman, Kevin Eubanks, and Stanley Cowell, bebop harmony with Rodney Kendrick and Abbey Lincoln; renowned counter-tenor Theodore Gentry, jazz piano with Don Naduriak; and was a voice instructor at the New School of Social Research (NY).

In the tradition of singers like Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter, Sharron believes jazz comes from the synthesis of human experience through music. An expression of the heart.

Sharron is currently developing a recording project inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo.