Joya Sherrill

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Joya Sherrill (August 20, 1924, Bayonne, New Jersey – June 28, 2010, Great Neck, New York) was an American jazz vocalist and children's television show host.[1])

Duke Ellington considered her one of his favorite singers.[2] She began her career with Ellington in 1942 when she was seventeen. She had a hit with his song, "I'm Beginning to See the Light".

After the 1940s, Sherrill performed with Ray Nance and Rex Stewart, both former sideman for Ellington.[2] She worked with Ellington again on the album A Drum Is a Woman (1956). Three years later, she toured the U.S., then played a role in The Long Dream on Broadway. She toured the USSR with Benny Goodman in 1962 and then sang again with Ellington the following year.

From 1970–82 she had a children's television show, Time for Joya, later called Joya's Fun School. During the 1980s she hosted a children's show in the Middle East.

She died from leukemia in 2010 at the age of 85.[2]


As leader[edit]

As sideperson[edit]

With Duke Ellington

  • Black, Brown and Beige (Columbia, 1943)
  • The Carnegie Hall Concerts (January 1946) (Fantasy)
  • Greatest Hits (RCA, 1996)

With Sammy Davis Jr.

  • Sammy Davis Jr. Jumps with Joya, (Design/Pickwick)


  1. ^ Keepnews, Peter (July 8, 2010). "Joya Sherrill, Who Sang With Ellington and Goodman, Is Dead at 85". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Phares, Heather. "Joya Sherrill". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 May 2017.