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Daryl Sherman Plays Cole Porter's Steinway at The Waldorf

- Jazz and Cabaret

Daryl Sherman on Cole Porter’s Piano
Singing Standards, Taking Requests
(">Daryl Sherman Website)
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
(Waldorf Astoria Hotel Website)
301 Park Avenue
NY, NY 10022

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 19, 2005

(See a Review of Daryl Sherman at The Encore).
(See a Review of Daryl Sherman at Jazz at Lincoln Center).

Daryl Sherman is scheduled for ongoing piano and vocal performances at The Waldorf’s Cocktail Terrace (on the Park Avenue side of the Hotel, between 49th and 50th Streets), with no cover or minimum. They serve cocktails, and the tea service is served until 5:15 PM. Dates are: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sundays from 4 -7 PM (Thanksgiving 2 -5 PM) and Saturdays from 1 -6 PM, through a splashy New Year's Eve 2005-2006 (9:30 PM - 1:30 AM).

I recently caught Daryl Sherman’s regular gig at The Waldorf, and joining me was Alex Kostakis, owner, AC Pianocraft, Inc., where Daryl Sherman will be featured on April 3, 2006 in the – AC Pianocraft, Inc. Piano Plus Jazz Series. Daryl performs on Cole Porter’s piano, and it is one gorgeous, antique Steinway, decorated and elegant, seasoned with the years. I was in luck, as Daryl played some of my favorite standards, such as Scotch and Soda, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Night and Day, and Just in Time.

Daryl Sherman’s voice is soothing, sensual, and scintillating! She takes requests throughout the sets, as guests lounge on cushiony chairs amidst the grandeur of The Waldorf’s interior décor. I almost imagined that visitors would arrive in white gloves, pearls, top hats, and tuxedoes. But, alas, it was much more casual and leathery tonight. Yet, the abundant hors d’oeuvres and martinis (I had a crisp Chardonnay) did add a certain je ne sais quoi quality to the early evening experience. This was a very inviting and intriguing event.

Our Love Is Here to Stay and All My Tomorrows were followed in the second set by I’ve Got the World on a String and Funny. Requests were flowing like the wine, and the golden lighting on the Cocktail Terrace added a glow to enhance Daryl’s mellifluous voice. As the second set played on, Daryl seemed to grow more melancholy, and Moon River and Lovers in New York seemed just right, with a hint of Rhapsody in Blue. Embraceable You, with a lengthy introductory riff, merged into S’Wonderful and I’ve Got a Crush On You.

No such piano-vocal set at The Waldorf would be complete without an appropriate Cole Porter Adieu! So, Daryl belted out a rambunctious Anything Goes plus C’Est Magnifique. You can catch Daryl Sherman at The Waldorf on several afternoons and early evenings, as well as on New Year’s Eve! Check for details.

Daryl Sherman with Alex Kostakis of AC Pianocraft, Inc., at The Waldorf
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Daryl Sherman with Cole Porter's Steinway
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at