Daryl Sherman

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Daryl Sherman

Beach Café, NYC, June 23, 2018

Reviewed by Marilyn Lester for Cabaret Scenes

Daryl Sherman
Photo: Eric Stephen Jacobs

There’s a reason that Daryl Sherman has been an institution in the New York jazz scene since the mid 1970s, a run that includes playing iconic piano bars and hotel rooms now long gone. And, she’s probably known just about every notable jazz artist of the last half century, gigging with the best of them. Sherman can sing as well as she plays piano, and sometimes abandons the keys to do so, as on her splendid “Sand in My Shoes.” Vocally, she’s often been compared to Blossom Dearie and, although the timbre is similar, Sherman’s delivery is almost a parlando, a melodic drawing out of the lyric. This exquisite storytelling ability was especially evident on “Ballerina” and “Bluesette,” delivered in her smooth, light-as-air soprano with spot-on phrasing.

Her appreciation of the music and its history is palpable, communicated with a contagious enthusiasm.

She draws from a vast repertoire of songs well-known and less-so, such as “Ten Minutes Ago” (from Cinderella), “At Sundown (When Love Is Calling Me Home),” and “Lovers in New York,” (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Often, her tie-in narrative to a number is subtly witty—she’s that and often funny. What comes through most in her music is her authentic, charming, bright personality. She was accompanied throughout the set by longtime musical cohort, bassist Boots Maleson, who soared especially with a solo on ”You Go to My Head.” The two displayed their top-notch jazz chops with Maleson’s arrangement of “What Now My Love” set to a Miles Davis riff. Always at home with her audience, Sherman closed with her own composition, a lyrical, sweet, romantic “Cycling Along with You,” to our delight.

Marilyn Lester

Marilyn Lester left journalism and commercial writing behind nearly two decades ago to write plays. That branch in the road led to screenwriting, script-doctoring, dramaturgy and producing for the stage. Marilyn has also co-authored, as well as edited, books. It seemed the only world of words she hadn’t conquered was criticism, an opportunity that presented itself via Theater Pizzazz. Marilyn has since sought to widen her scope in this form of writing she especially relishes. Marilyn is a member of the Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, Women in the Arts and Media and The League of Professional Theater Women.