Musician, composer, arranger, educator, writer and actress; during her long career, Sharman Nittoli has always been a creator. In her childhood, Sharman directed her 4 brothers and sisters in selections from West Side Story . "I was obsessed with the music - the playing on piano was very challenging at the time but I practiced constantly."
Having worked intermittently as a music and TV production teacher for many years in different school systems, she received her MA in Communications from William Paterson University. She also performed as pianist/vocalist/arranger in different genres from solo artist to big bands, to rock, jazz, folk and classical. She enjoyed a 10 year stint as keyboard player and arranger for the 60s group, the Duprees, producing A Duprees Christmas CD and performing at many major nostalgia concerts in the Tri-state area.
Merging her love of teaching history through music, Sharman served two Artist in Residence positions at the Lowe House in Tubac, Arizona, where she wrote and produced historical musicals for the Montessori elementary students and performed them in the old 1885 school house at the historical Presidio.
Together, she and Alfredo also co-produced the feature film Does the Band Eat, a comic and reflective look at Alfredo's experiences in the changing music business during the last 60 years. Sharman co-directed and served as music supervisor and editor, as well as enjoying a small character role. It can be seen on Amazon Prime. The film is loosely based on their book, "I'm a Popular Unknown", Alfredo's biography.
After retiring from teaching, she was determined to learn more about breaking through stubborn procrastination habits and says, "It changed my life. I can honestly say I'm closer to being the best version of myself". Sharman formed the "Live Your Bloom" community to help older adults plant and revive their dream seeds and Bloom by developing lifestyles that allow them to experience the fulfillment and joy that she has found. To support that goal, she formed 1-Stop Bloom to provide time and space for group work sessions to get things done.
Sharman developed a one-woman show, an introspective and personal collection of stories and original songs about her life's journey. She is currently in the process of recording those songs in two CDs; Jazz in Bloom and Stirred Not Shaken.
Bloom, the beautiful ongoing journey of evolving.