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RAY SHERMAN - PIANIST & BANDLEADER

Autographed 8” x 10” original double-weight, matte Al White photograph of the important jazz pianist and composer.  The photograph is dedicated to the photographer.

 

Sherman (1923-    ) was born in Chicago to musical parents.  His Father Maurie was a bandleader, his Mother Rose was a violinist.  He studied piano in grade school and high school with Allan Grant, a local pianist best known today for his radio work in Chicago.  Sherman won the “Tommy Dorsey Amateur Swing Contest” in 1938.  His family moved to Los Angeles the following year and his career was born.  The pianist worked with, Gus Arnheim, Hal Grayson, Paul Neighbors, Jan Savitt, Jimmy Walsh as pianist and arranger during the early years.  He was drafted in 1943 and spent his military duty with the 211th California Army Air Corps Band. After the War in 1946 Sherman worked with Will Osborne, Jan Savitt and Jerry Wald.  He joined drummer Ray Bauduc later that year and began to record records and make film music.  Imn1948 he started to work in radio with the Abe Burrows Show, as well as those of Judy Canova and Phil Harris.  In addition to his work in the studios, the pianist joined Ben Pollak’s “Pick-A-Rib” Boys and played and arranged the music for their local club gigs from  1950-1952.  He also recorded with the group.  In 1954 Sherman worked on the film “Pete Kelly’s Blues” where he was a member of “Pete Kelly’s Big Seven” on camera and in the sound track.  The film featured Ella Fitzgerald, Rose Hopkins and Peggy Lee.  The following year the pianist was pianist and conductor on the Bob Crosby Show, a daily variety show.  He also played with Crosby’s Bobcats a musical relationship that would only end with Crosby’s death in 1993.  From the mid 1950’s through the 1970’s Sherman worked on free-lance projects in the recording studio, on television and film. Some of the band projects included, The Gus Mitchell Show in 1957, The Billy May Orchestra 1958-1987, Henry Mancini Orchestra 1958-1988, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra 1959-1978, Benny Goodman Orchestra 1961, Les Brown Band of Renown 1964, Stan Kenton’s Neophonic Orchestra 1968-1969, Jack Sheldon Jazz Group 1987, Pete Fountain Jazz Group 1994, Peanuts Hucko and his All Stars 1989 as well as various jazz parties and festivals around the United States.  His television show projects included, Rout 66 1960-1963, The Munsters 1964-1966, I Dream of Jeanie 1965-1970, Bewitched 1965-1971, Emergency 1972-1979 and Happy Days 1977-1984. Film Projects not mentioned included, The Oompah’s, The Days of Wine and Roses, Touch of Evil, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Front Page, The Water Dance, Pennies From Heaven, The Cheap Detective, The Swing Era, L’il Abner and Bye, Bye Birdie among others.  He also has appeared in International jazz festivals in Cancada (Toronto), France (Nice), Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland (Montrose).

 

Sherman has also composed significantly writing multiple sonatas and other works with a classical-jazz idiom.