20 January 1946, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Sheridan began studying piano as a child and would later declare that at the age of eight he was hooked on jazz through hearing the playing of Jess Stacy and Teddy Wilson on a recording of Benny Goodmans 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. This experience also prompted him to study clarinet and from 13 he played in a dance band, the Novelaires. After completing high school he played in the Whetstone Orchestra and Concert Band before studying at Capital University, in Columbus, where he again concentrated on piano. He played in a US Navy band while on military service then returned to his studies, this time for a masters degree at North Texas State University. While in Texas, he played with the Upper Dallas Jazz Band and also met Jim Cullum with whom he formed a long-lasting friendship and musical partnership. With Cullum he not only played at the Riverside restaurant in San Antonio but also appeared regularly on radio...