Sherman Irby was 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 from high school - during which he had the opportunity to play and record with Gospel immortal James Cleveland - he attended Clark Atlanta University, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education. In 1991 he joined Atlanta-based piano legend Johnny O'Neal's quintet.
Soon after moving to New York in 1994, Sherman connected with the fertile and vital scene at Smalls, where he was a regular until 1997. While there, he caught the attention of Blue Note Records and proceeded to record his first two albums, Full Circle (1996) and Big Mama's Biscuits (1998).
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