Sherman Irby

Southern Jazz Virtuoso

Sherman Irby began playing music at age 12, almost immediately recognizing his life’s calling. Upon graduating from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Music Education, he joined Atlanta-based piano legend Johnny O’Neal’s quintet in 1991. After moving to New York a few years later, Irby became a regular at Smalls, where he caught the attention of Blue Note Records. He signed a record deal and recorded his first two albums, Full Circle and Big Mama’s Biscuits. Irby has toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, rejoining in 2005 after leaving in 1997. He later went on to form Black Warrior Records, and has released five albums.

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