Sherman Irby [alto sax]
James Hurt [piano]
Marco Marzola [bass]
Darrell Green [drums]
Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sherman began playing music at the age of 12, almost immediately recognizing that it was his life’s calling. Upon graduating high school (during which he had the opportunity to play and record with Gospel immortal James Cleveland) Sherman attended Clark Atlanta University, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education. He joined Atlanta-based piano legend Johnny O’Neal’s quintet in 1991.
After moving to New York in 1994, Sherman quickly connected with the fertile and vital scene at Smalls, where he was a regular until 1997. Here Sherman caught the attention of Blue Note Records, for which he recorded his first two albums, Full Circle and Big Mama’s Biscuits, released in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
During the Smalls period Sherman also toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995; was a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to 1997; recorded and toured with Marcus Roberts and participated in the incomparable Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program during those same years; and began his four year stint with Roy Hargrove in 1997. Recognizing the shift in economics of the record industry, Sherman left Blue Note to form Black Warrior Records, releasing Black Warrior, Faith, and Organ Starter. Departing from Roy Hargrove’s ensemble around the same time, Sherman shifted his primary focus to his own group. Although this is his primary commitment, Irby took the opportunity to join the final ensemble of the peerless Elvin Jones in 2004, and after Elvin’s passing, joined Papo Vazquez’s Pirates Troubadours. Currently, he has rejoined with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Freddie Hubbard, Johnny O’Neal, Eddie Adams, James Hurt, Clark Terry, Steve Turre, Eric Revis, Dana Murray, Roy Hargrove, John Hicks, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Buster Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Marcus Roberts, Larry Willis, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, Quincy Jones, Randy Weston, Cick Corea, Papo Va’zquez’s Pirates, Bill Cosby, Dee Dee Bridgewater, McCoy Tyner and many other.
has recorded and performed with for such esteemed artists as:
Stacy Dillard, Sherman Irby, Willie Jones III, Buster Williams, Roy Hargrove, Greg Osby, Victor Lewis, Eric Revis, J.D. Allen, Papa Wemba, Roy Ayers, Wally Badarou, Geri Allen, David Gilmore, Ray Lema, Craig Harris, Antoine Roney, Jorge Ben, John William, Wallace Roney, Brice Wassy, Maceo Parker, Buster Williams and other…
Captured by Jazz, moved to New York in 1982. He has played, recorded and collaborated with many great jazz musicians as: Jimmy Lovelace, Tommy Tarantine, Betty Carter, Harold Land, George Cables, Steve Turre, Tommy Campbell, John Hics, Tony Scott, Bruce Forman, Jimmy Cobb, Sherman Irby, James Zollar, Dion Parson, Ed Cherry, James Hurt, Jerome Jennings, Art Hirahara, Stacy Dillard, Darrell Green, Giulio Capiozzo, Flavio Boltro, Stefano Bollani, Fabrizio Bosso, and many others.
Darrell High jazz prodigies has performed live with: Dave Ellis, Lavay Smith & Smith, Jay McShann, Stephon Harris, Marlena Shaw, Tony Monaco, Sherman Irby, Duane Eubanks, Greg Osby. Buster Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Stacy Dillard, James Hurt, Dr Lonnie Smith, Red Holloway, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre, Russell Malone and many others. The crowd burst onto their feet and in adoring applause at the conclusion of his solos. Darrell is a gifted musician with a long career ahead of him.