Daryl Sherman Biography

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 father’s 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 New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Monterey, and elsewhere, and also appeared at festivals and other gatherings including the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the March of Jazz, in Clearwater, Florida, in Toronto, Canada, and with Dick Hyman, at the Jazz Society of Sarasota in Florida. Her love of good songs and fine interpretations of lyrics have made her a popular choice for gatherings and recordings that celebrate such arts: a Rex Reed tribute to Ira Gershwin, for example. A 1996 album celebrating the talent of a singer of an earlier generation, Mildred Bailey, with vibraphone player John Cocuzzi, superbly demonstrated this gifted singer’s huge talent. Her voice, light and fluid, commands attention and her subtle sense of swing and adept phrasing is a constant joy.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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