Jazz performer Williams and her longtime friend/accompanist John Rodby will share tunes featured on their CD. Together they’ve done everything from big band and full orchestra gigs to duo settings. They’ll be doing material from their latest CD, called “Just Us Two” which is a collection of songs they both love with some quirky arrangements.
Since she began singing as a professional, Sherry has had the good fortune to rarely be out of work. When she was a high school student in San Bernardino (California), she sang and toured with The Young Americans. At ULCA, she joined the acapella choir and worked with the famous Roger Wagner and the UCLA Choir both in Los Angeles and Europe. She has also toured with Debbie Reynolds, Andy Gibb, and the legendary Johnnie Ray, to name a few. In 1976, Sherry left the Eddie Kendricks tour and struck out on her own, touring Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
Since returning to the United States after her last Asian tour in 1980, Sherry has acted in films and on television. She has worked extensively in and around the Los Angeles and Denver areas in important jazz venues, nightclubs and festivals, and has recorded three solo CDs, two ensemble CDs and a duo CD with John Rodby. In 1997, she released her first CD, “The Way You Love Me”, to rave reviews. Her second release, “A Taste Of Sherry”, was on the 2003 Grammy ballot and one of the songs was used in the soundtrack of the film THE CORE. After that came “You Must Believe In Spring”, again to rave reviews. During 2010-2013, Sherry toured Germany and Italy with Markus Burger and Jim Linahon, again working in important concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals. Their quintet was the last group to perform at the famed “Birdland” jazz club in Hamburg before it closed its doors. Those tours yielded one acclaimed ensemble CD, and one big band CD, recorded with the Café Nerly Big Band in Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany. Sherry’s duo CD “Just Us Two” with pianist John Rodby was released in September of 2014.
Sherry has worked with a multitude of jazz greats including Buddy Collette, Herbie Mann, Plas Johnson, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Ann Patterson, Gerald “Wig” Wiggins, Al Viola, Herman Riley, Dave Pike, Eddie Cano, Lanny Morgan, Ross Tompkins, Earl Palmer, Bill Cunliffe, Andy Simpkins, Roy McCurdy, John and Jennifer Leitham, Ray Pizzi, Jim DeJulio, Paul Smith, Art Hillery, Terry Harrington, John Hammond, Roger Kellaway, Dave Benoit, Llew Matthews, John B. Williams, Tom Ranier, Patrice Rushen, Ralph Penland, Bob Magnusson, Joe LaBarbera, Jon Mayer, Putter Smith & many more.
JOHN RODBY is a commercial musician by vocation and a composer of classical music by avocation. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii, September 14th, 1944, he moved with his family to the Los Angeles area at an early age. Formally educated at Cal State Northridge (66) and Cal State Long Beach (68) he did further independent study in composition from Leonard Berkowitx, Donald Michalsky and Albert Harris as well as independent study in piano with Sam Saxe, Ralph Pierce, Pater Hewitt and Julian Musafia. His “Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra” previously released on Crystal Records was described by Hewell Turcuit in the San Francisco Examiner as casually masterful…Packed with keen notions of sonority. Most of Mr. Rodby’s career the past 35 years has been in TV and Film. He was musical director for Dinah Shore for 26 years, Musical Director of the CTW TV show Square I TV as well as musical director for The Shari Lewis TV Show, Lamb Chop’s Sing Along, Play Along. He worked further as a keyboardist arranger for Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Rita Moreno, Tiny Tim and Connie Francis. He also did work on TV shows such as Mitzi Gaynor, Dallas, Bob Newhart, Hart to Hart, Quincy, The Gong Show and X Files. He is currently musical director for Al Martino and arranger- producer- keyboardist for a series of CDs for Robert Clary and others. He lives in Woodland Hills with his wife, singer-actress Talya Ferro and continues to compose classical music when nobody’s looking.