Daryl Sherman returns to London with Satchmo in mind

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Multi-award-winning New York singer and pianist Daryl Sherman flies to London in July for special limited dates that will mark the 20th anniversary of her first UK performances. The trip is dedicated to the late agent and writer Brian Peerless who booked her for the very first time in summer 1999 at Brecon and Nairn festivals and at Dean Street’s Pizza Express.

Daryl reflects: “Thanks to that exposure, I’ve returned to UK regularly and have been blessed with enduring friendships including the musicians I’m performing with at The Pheasantry in London on July 16 – Digby Fairweather, trumpet and Andrew Cleyndert, bass – and on July 17 – Alan Barnes, reeds and Dave Green, bass”.

Daryl’s new show, Satchmo The Singer, highlights Louis Armstrong’s influence on the American Songbook. “There’ll be a treasure trove of songs from pop, jazz and theatre – even a Cockney rhyme!” she says. Daryl’s new CD, Lost In A Crowded Place, also offers some rare Satchmo gems. To book seats for Daryl’s Pheasantry shows, click here.

Plans are also being laid to celebrate Billie Holiday at The Jazz Centre UK where Daryl is scheduled to honour the 60th anniversary of Billie’s demise (July 12). She will also appear at Village Green Festival South End. (July 13).

Ms. Sherman has enjoyed a warm critical reception, including a Jazz Journal cover feature.

The New York Times referred to “her voice like honeysuckle, signature jazz sound and stylistic compendium of Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey and Blossom Dearie”.

The New Yorker said “No veteran singer inhabits the full range of American Popular Song repertoire quite like the irreplaceable Daryl Sherman. A gently swinging pianist as well, precious few possess her abundant versatility, style and charm”.

Clive Davis, writing in The Times, noted that “her blend of well-honed anecdotes and astute musicianship yield the intimacy of a tête-a-tête, the audience hanging on her every word. Her passion for swing and her tidy understated soloing are more than enough to keep hardcore jazzers happy”.