Manhattan mainstay Daryl Sherman returns to Birdland Theater this time focusing on jazz trumpet icon Louis Armstrong as a singer and his importance to the American Songbook. He crossed over and outside the box with songs from Broadway, film, pop, plus jazz songs. Known the world over as "Satchmo," his unique gravelly sound and phrasing influenced singers from Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald to Frank Sinatra. Inspired by renditions which covered blues, swing, to "Kiss To Build A Dream On", "Chim Chim Cheree" and "Hello Dolly" Daryl Sherman, like Satchmo, will bring out the best in them, along with highly regarded multi reed stylist Scott Robinson and string meister bassist Boots Maleson.
"On the first of two consecutive evenings at The Pheasantry in Chelsea, Daryl Sherman explored the vocal output of Louis Armstrong. Armstrong is a good choice because he did cover a wide spectrum in a long career. Ms. Sherman, who enjoys a solid UK fan-base, is, of course, a double-threat, possessing not only great pipes but an equally fine piano style. Perhaps the most unusual and refreshing number was the Calypso from the 1956 movie High Society. Suffice it to say it was a great evening thoroughly enjoyed by all those present." – Jazz Journal (UK)
"Sherman’s nature was kind and patient as she walked her audience through this carefully chosen repertoire. She was mindful to pay tribute to Louis Armstrong’s prestigious career, but also made sure to sing the songs in her own way. Her phrasing was unique and surprising, giving the audience something new to hear when singing such familiar songs. The array of styles included something for everyone." – London Jazz News
"Daryl Sherman digs deeper into the archives than most of her peers. Her blend of anecdotes and astute musicianship yielded the intimacy of a tete a tete, the audience hanging on every word."
– Clive Davis, The Times (London)
"No veteran singer inhabits the full range of American Popular Song repertoire quite like the irreplaceable Sherman. A gently swinging pianist as well, precious few possess her abundant versatility, style and charm." – Steve Futterman, The New Yorker
"Singer -pianist Daryl Sherman has been a long-time fixture in the international and New York City jazz world. Her endurance as a favorite is well-founded in her talent and charm. She's full of life, happy -go-lucky- a perennial breath of spring no matter what the season." – Marilyn Lester, Nitelife Exchange