14 June 1950, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. At the age of five Sherman was picking out tunes on the piano, and soon began singing along with her trombone-playing father, a local band leader. By her teenage years she was singing professionally with her fathers band. She widened her base a little, singing also in the Boston area, until, in 1974, she moved to New York. There, she played various clubs, usually singing with jazz trios. When Artie Shaw formed a band, after 25 years in retirement, he asked Sherman to join him as the band singer. The inevitable publicity attending this venture benefited Sherman, and long engagements at the Fortune Garden and the Sheraton Center consolidated her impact. She appeared with many noted jazz musicians, including George Duvivier, Mel Lewis and Marian McPartland, on whose famed Piano Jazz radio show she was featured.
In the early and mid-90s Sherman worked at many prestigious hotel and club venues in...