Join jazz vocalist/pianist Daryl Sherman at Chan’s in Woonsocket on Saturday, October 25, to celebrate the life of her late father, the jazz trombonist Sammy Sherman. The performance will mark what would have been Sammy’s 100th birthday, and it will be a musical showcase not to be missed.
Sammy Sherman was a masterful jazz trombonist and bandleader, at one time playing in New York City. Instead of chasing a distinguished career in music, Sammy decided to stay in Rhode Island, where he raised his children, worked in the restaurant business, and continued to head up his own groups. He played around the area, but ultimately his longest-lasting contribution to the music business was his daughter Daryl!
At age 5, Daryl started taking an interest in music, singing along with her father at the piano. Since then, she’s enjoyed a distinguished musical career, including a 14-year residency at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. She’s played with greats like Artie Shaw and Buddy Hackett and toured the world with her music.
Sammy passed away at the age of 89 in 2003. His posthumous album released in 2004, called A Jazz Original Live at Chan’s, is the only real record of his work, and was recorded 1994-1998 when Sammy was in his 80s.
This memorial show will be far from a solo performance; an all-star crew will help honor Sammy in style. The event will feature performances from local legend (and Woonsocket native) Greg Abate on saxophone, Jon Wheatley on guitar, Boots Malson on guitar, and David Sherman on trombone. There will also be a guest appearance by jazz vocalist Jean McKenna O’Donnell.
Even if you’ve never heard of Sammy Sherman, you should check out this show for the pure entertainment value. It will be a great way to celebrate the life of a talented musician by enjoying the music of some local jazz heavyweights, and it’s sure to be a blast for one and all!
Chan’s Oriental Dining is located at 267 Main St. in Woonsocket, RI. Tickets can be purchased through Chan’s website.