Jazz Insights: Sammy Sherman

In 1914 another of Woonsocket’s famous musical greats was born. 

Samuel (Sammy) Sherman began his musical career on the violin. He grew up and attended Providence College. Along the way, he switched to jazz trombone, and added his voice to his notable performances.

During World War II he served in the 16th Medical Regiment in North Africa and Italy. After the war he performed on cruise liners and worked with many famous individuals, groups and orchestras, including the big bands of Cy Coleman, Buddy Morrow and Sonny Durham.

He had four children, including the now famous Daryl Sherman, the New York based pianist, vocalist and cabaret specialist.

Sammy was known for his high trombone jazz sounds and musical humor.
He was a constant performer at John Chan’s Chinese Restaurant in downtown Woonsocket. Sammy Sherman passed away at age 89 in October 2003.

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