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One of the best singers who toured with Duke Ellington, she seemed to be a natural choice for a feature album, only this release was produced by Mercer Ellington with a number of Ellington veterans in the supporting cast and Billy Strayhorn at the piano. Sherrill's confidence singing the twelve gems from the band repertoire allows her to let the timelessness of the music and lyrics speak for itself rather than overembelish the songs. Her superb diction and warm sound are complemented by brief accents by alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges on "Prelude To A Kiss," the muted cornet of Ray Nance on a sassy "I'm Beginning To See The Night," and Nance's violin on her moving take of "Day Dream." This rare outing away from the full band, now available on CD, is worth acquiring.


Born: August 20, 1924 in Bayonne, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Jazz vocalist Joya Sherrill was one of Duke Ellington's favorite vocalists. Not only did he praise her clear diction and articulation, Ellington worked with Sherrill throughout the '40s. In turn, Sherrill worked with Ellington alumni like Rex Stewart and Ray Nance into the '60s, and albums like 1965's Sings Duke reunited her with Ellington's songs and players. In 1994 at the age of 67, Sherrill revealed that her vocal skills were still strong half a century after her early heydays with the Duke by...
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