Jazz on the Wing – Yukon Arts Centre cabaret

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $27.50
  • Senior (60+): $25
  • Teens (13-19): $18
  • Child (12 and under): $8

Ticket Sales

Special series ticket offer until November 3, 2019

  • 5 shows for the price of 4
  • Adults: $110, Seniors: $100, Youth: $72, Child: $32
  • Only at Yukon Arts Centre Box Office 667-8574 or in-person

5 for the price of 4 series tickets are available until November 3, 2019.

Jazz in the Hall - Old Fire Hall

Ticket Prices (at the door)

  • General Admission: $7
  • Teens & Children (19 and under): Free

Jazz on the Wing - Dawson City

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $25
  • KIAC members: $22
  • Youth/SOVA students: $10
  • Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm
  • Tickets at Maximillian’s, KIAC or at the door

Jazz on the Wing - Haines Junction

Ticket Prices

  • Tickets: $20 adults/$10 youth & seniors, Free for 12 & under
  • Doors open @ 7:00 pm, show starts @ 7:30 pm
  • Tickets at the door
Pianist/composer Sharon Minemoto Quartet from B.C.

Pianist/composer Sharon Minemoto Quartet from B.C.

“Minemoto is a swinging, sensitive pianist with a highly melodic style and a composer of some very hip original music.” ~ Coastal Jazz & Blues


The Sharon Minemoto Quartet has been Minemoto’s main creative outlet for the past three years with the band performing her original arrangements and compositions.  Her writing is of a highly melodic style coupled with fresh, innovative harmonic ideas influenced by her studies with internationally renowned Renee Rosnes and Kenny Werner.


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Since the age of sixteen, Vancouver based pianist and composer, SHARON MINEMOTO has been performing to audiences around the world.

In 1997, Sharon started her own quintet which performs her original compositions and has recorded four shows for CBC Radio as well as a CD released on Cellar Live Records entitled, “Side A”.

In addition to composing, she puts her arranging talents to work on standards and pop tunes for her trio which came out with their debut CD called “You Can See The Ocean From Here” in the spring of 2008.  Both albums spent considerable time in the Top 10 Jazz Albums on Canada’s Chartattack. 

More recently, she has been working with her new quartet which includes Jon Bentley on saxophone, bassist Adam Thomas, and drummer Bernie Arai.

Sharon’s groups have been featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Vernon Jazz Club, The Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society, The Powell Street Festival, The Hornby Island Arts Festival, Festival Vancouver, The Beatniq Jazz Club in Calgary, The Yardbird Suite Jazz Club in Edmonton, the Jazz On The Wing series in Whitehorse, YT and at Club JZ in China.

As a sideperson, Sharon has performed in ensembles led by Alan Matheson, Cory Weeds, Fred Stride, Dee Daniels, Joani Taylor, Laura Crema, James Danderfer, Ali Ryerson, Karin Plato, Jennie Emery, Steve Maddock as well as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Chamber Choir.

Sharon is also part of a funk/jazz/reggae collaborative called SiMmeR with bassist, Matt Reid and drummer, Richard Brown.  In March 2006, she toured Europe with Persian pop legend, Dariush.

Sharon holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano College in North Vancouver.  While she was a student there, she was selected from applicants across North America as the pianist for the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) College All-Star Band.

Since graduating, she has studied with pianist Geoff Keezer in 1999 and in 2000 she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study composition with Don Thompson in Toronto.  From September-December of 2010 Sharon studied with pianists, Renee Rosnes and Kenny Werner in New York City with funding from The Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.

Sharon is a faculty member at the School of Music at Vancouver Community College.

She has also taught at workshops and masterclasses at the UBC Summer Music Institute, The Shawnigan Lake Music Workshop, Capilano College, the Smithers Jazz Retreat, the Douglas College Jazz Institute and at the Shanghai International School.

As an adjudicator she has worked at the Vancouver School Board Jazz Festival and at the Rotary Music Festival in Whitehorse, YT.  In addition to her work in festivals, she has served on the selection commitee for The Canada Council of the Arts as well as The British Columbia Arts Council which grant funding to the country’s/province’s finest artists. 

In addition to performing, composing and teaching, Sharon has subbed in as host of CBC Radio’s “Hot Air” program and has hosted a weekly one hour internet jazz radio show for mediaontap.com.

Outside the jazz world, she has been commissioned by opera singers Monica Whicher and Peter MacGillivray as an arranger.  She has also done some arranging and recording for the ABC TV Series, “Men In Trees” and was a piano coach for an actor in the Hollywood movie, “2012”.

JON BENTLEY is a Juno nominated saxophonist based in Vancouver, Canada. A versatile musician, Jon performs and records in many genres of music both as a leader and a sideman. He has recorded and/or performed professionally in concerts with musicians/ groups such as Kenny Wheeler, Seamus Blake, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Brad Turner, Denzal Sinclaire, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Lake, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Phil Dwyer’s Saxophone Summit, The Temptations, Peggy Lee Band, Neil Swainson, and Metalwood. Aside from his participation in many recording projects as a sideman, Bentley has released two albums as a leader: “Jon Bentley Quintet: Motions” and “Diversions: American Prophecy.” As a co-leader, Jon has released: “UGETSU: Live at the Cellar”, “Wilson/Lee/Bentley: Escondido Dreams”, and “Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists”. He has performed across Canada, England, and Europe and has been featured many times on CBC Radio with live and studio recordings for Tonic, The Signal, Jazzbeat, West Coast Performance, Hot Air, and Arts National. Bentley was nominated for a Juno award in 2014 as a performer on Peggy Lee Band’s album “Invitation.”

Jon Bentley has studied the saxophone extensively in jazz and in the classical realm. He received his Bachelor Degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano University and was awarded the CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) grant. From 1997- 2000, Jon studied with critically acclaimed saxophonist Seamus Blake, both in Vancouver and in New York. In 2001, Bentley was the recipient of a Canada Council grant that sent him to London, England to study saxophone with Stan Robinson. During Bentley’s two- year stint in England, Jon also sought out and studied composition and arranging with Canadian trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler.

Drummer BERNIE ARAI’s musical career as a performer, educator, composer and recording artist spans styles through jazz, improvised music, traditional Japanese, and electronic and computer music. On drum set, percussion and electronics, he works with some of Canada’s most accomplished musicians. Born, raised and based in Vancouver, Bernie has performed across the country with various ensembles, and has also toured across the United States, Japan and Europe.

A graduate of Capilano University Jazz Studies program, Bernie has amassed a great debt to the educators who helped shape his musicianship during the course of his studies, including Fred Stride (UBC); Brad Turner, Ken Moore, Dave Robbins and Dylan VanDerSchyff (Capilano); Ian Froman (NYC).

Bernie’s own ensembles include his most recent quartet featuring Skye Brooks (also on drum set), Tommy Babin on bass and Chad Makela on saxophone, a reunion of an electronic/acoustic trio with Chris Gestrin and Jon Bentley (on keyboards, woodwinds and electronics) called New Diversions. Electonic and acoustic ensemble Densabi features Bernie using digital sound synthesis and feedback with Chris Gestrin and shakuhachi master Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos to create improvised ambient music. Along with saxophonist Jon Bentley Bernie co-led a hard bop sextet called Ugetsu for over 15 years.Thanks to Vancouver’s supportive scene, Bernie also works with many of the country’s finest musicians as a member of ensembles such as: the Brad Turner Trio, Bill Coon’s bc double quartet, the Bill Runge quartet, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the Jennifer Scott Trio, the Ihor Kukurudza Trio, Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra, Sharon Minemoto Quintet and Quartet, the Paul Keeling Trio and Quintet, Tommy Babin’s Sendero Luminoso, Altered Laws, Mimosa, and many others.  He remains in demand as an accompanist and band member for many legendary musicians from across Canada and around the world, appearing in concert at numerous music festivals worldwide, and on CBC radio jazz shows. He has had the opportunity to guest host CBC’s long running radio show Hot Air on two occasions, once to spotlight the powerful musicianship of Claude Ranger, and once to explore the influence of Canadian jazz on Canadian jazz musicians.

A dedicated and experienced educator, Bernie continues to teach based in Vancouver, including work as an instructor at the Vancouver Community College School of Music, and as a director of jazz bands at the University of British Columbia Summer Music Institute.  He has served as instructor in the Capilano College Jazz Studies program, the Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts, the Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, North Shore Summer Jazz Intensive and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute, and also teaches workshops and clinics in local schools for jazz bands and drum set. Bernie works with large jazz ensembles of different levels, leading workshops with community big bands and adjudicating at high school jazz festivals including Surrey Schools Jazz Festival, Kiwanis Jazz, Vancouver District Jazz Festival. He has presented on rhythm section pedagogy at the BCMEA conference, and in 2015 was the director of the BCMEA Honour Jazz Band.

ADAM ROBERT THOMAS is a JUNO Nominated performer based in Vancouver, Canada.

Music began for Adam in the home; barely an evening went by when the record player didn’t see vinyl. Top plays were John Denver and Gordon Lightfoot, but Chuck Mangione’s 1977 album ‘Feels So Good’ was the album that effectively brought the desire to play music.

He began formal music training at the age of eight on trumpet; he continued musical training throughout his school years in private lessons and in instrumental and choral ensembles. At the age of twelve he began electric bass lessons with his mentor Rick Stoen, and at eighteen acquired his first upright bass thanks to his grandfather.

Along the way, after the prompting of some friends and mentors, especially Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Adam began singing as a soloist. His bass playing carried him to the University of North Texas (UNT) for music school and then to New York to experience its unique energy and music scene.

During his time at UNT, he had the opportunity to brush shoulders, play music with and learn from such musical legends as John Abercrombie, Michael Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Hayes, Eddie Gomez, Lynn Seaton, Ignacio Berroa, Ed Soph, David Leibman and many others.

In his professional career in Vancouver he has been given the opportunity to work with fantastic musicians from all over the world including Laila Biali, Jill Barber, Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Sharon Minemoto, Denzal Sinclair, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others. Adam has worked especially close and partnered for some amazing music with some of Vancouver’s finest musicians – Jillian Lebeck, Mike Allen (and the Mike Allen Quartet. Albums: Fearless [2004], Vancouver [2007], Faculty Jazz Collective [2012], A Hip Cosmos [2014], Panorama [2014], as well as partnering for Adam’s release For My Love [2010]) and Dan Brubeck.

Adam Thomas received JUNO Nominations in 2016 for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for his work in The Dan Brubeck Quartet and for Children’s Album of the Year for his work with Ginalina.

In 2013, Adam began performing primarily as a solo artist singing and playing guitar. In 2015 he began developing his own band and writing in earnest, preparing for his debut album as leader performing his own compositions.

The 2018 self-titled album ‘Adam Robert Thomas’ has debuted at #11 on the R&B charts in the US and is available online at all major music websites.

Sunday, Mar. 29, 2020

7:30pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Cabaret Seating


Sharon Minemoto – piano and composer
Jonathan Bentley – saxophone
Bernie Arai – drums
Adam Thomas – upright bass


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