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Bobbi Sherron


BOBBI SHERRON (vocalist), now deceased, was born in New York City, NY. She studied music education at New York University, originally intent on a career as a teacher, but when she left NYU, she moved out of the family home to live in a single room at the Alvin Hotel (then well-known as a stopping place for musicians) to be closer to Birdland. Before she left New York, she worked with many of the biggest names on the scene including Herbie Hancock, Norman Simmons, and Kenny Burrell.

She came to Canada first on a vacation, but visiting Montreal, she met an agent who kept her working there for a year before she got another offer to work in Winnipeg where she stayed for nearly five years. She was heading back home to New York when she stopped off in Toronto, realized that was the place for her, and lived the rest of her life there. She did a lot of television and recording work in Toronto, and frequently played all the biggest clubs and lounges of the time – the Hook and Ladder Club, Lytes, and George’s Bourbon Street.

She led Bobbi Sherron and her Quartet (Rick Wilkins on saxophone, Mark Eisenman on piano, Steve Wallace on bass, and Archie Alleyne on drums) in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre on February 8, 1993.