“Taste, style, charm, singing, playing – as good as it gets!” – Michael Feinstein
Rhode Island born Daryl Sherman has been a part of the New York City jazz scene since the mid-70s and she is one of the rare singing pianists equally talented in both roles. Sherman is a unique stylist with charm, quick wit , chemistry with her audiences and ability to make herself at home in any musical setting. From her early stints at Sinatra hang-outs like Jilly’s, there’s hardly a jazz joint, supper club or hotel Daryl has missed. When Artie Shaw formed a new band after his retirement, Sherman was his chosen singer, calling her “a first rate singer –musician”. Her CDs are in regular rotation on Cable TV’s Music Choice, Sirius/XM Radio,BBC, JazzRadio Berlin and she’s been a frequent guest on Marian McPartland’s NPR Piano Jazz.
Renowned for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf=Astoria, Daryl played Cole Porter’s Steinway. A recent CD, Mississippi Belle displays Porter songs in a New Orleans setting. No stranger to the Crescent City, she often appears at Satchmo Summerfest and Snug Harbor. In New York she’s played Kitano Jazz, Knickerbocker, Algonquin Oak Room, Iridium, Dizzy’s Coca Cola and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – also a favorite at the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention, Highlights in Jazz and Bryant Park Piano series, Midtown Jazz at St Peter’s and JVC Jazzfest in NYC nad Newport. She’s a 3 time MAC award winner and just named Hothouse Magazine “Best jazz vocalist” 2015.
Daryl Sherman tours UK annually and has guested on BBC tributes to Artie Shaw and Johnny Mercer. Her last appearance at London’s Crazy Coques garnered high praise and she’s also a favorite at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Soho, The Stables / Wavendon, Taliesin Centre in Swansea, The Sage, Newcastle and jazzfests in Birmingham, Wigan, Marlborough, Brecon and Edinburgh. She also performs concerts and master classes in Delft, Holland.
Highly praised for her knowledge and passion for the American Songbook, Daryl has recorded and performed many composer tributes including Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jimmy McHugh and Johnny Mercer. A track from her Mercer Centennial CD was used in a documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. This spring will mark her fourth trip to Tokyo for a club stint at Tabelaux Lounge and new CD release “My Blue Heaven” on Japanese label Muzak.
Daryl has performed and recorded with notables: Bucky & John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Bob Dorough , Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Hyman, Dave McKenna, Mike Renzi, Jay Leonhart, Boots Maleson, James Chirillo , Howard Alden, Joe Temperley, Ken Peplowski, Dick Sudhalter, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and British all-stars Dave Green, Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather, Andrew Cleyndert and Japan trumpet star Yoshio Toyama.
“Delightful, swinging, signature jazz sound, a stylistic compendium of Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey and Blossom Dearie.’ – Stephen Holden, NewYork Times
“She’s smart, funny and swinging” – Gary Giddins
“She’s sophisticated she’s straightforward and she can swing!” – Marian McPartland
“The wonderful singer/pianist Daryl Sherman travels the world with our music. She is indispensable” – Jonathan Schwartz, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio
“Creates moods that turn each song into a miniature painting..delivery ranges from kittenish pounce to soulful passion..manages to send everyone home balanced and happy.” – Rex Reed, New York Observer
“Sherman may be dainty but she could hold her own on a raucous night in the French Quarter. In (her)imaginary imaginary world, Rodgers and Hart are still scribbling furiously, Duke Ellington is on the road again and 52nd Street has plenty of nightlife left.” – Clive Davis – London Times