Name: Dick Sheridan / Richard Sheridan Born: New York City, January 26, 1936
Instrument: Drums Genre: Jazz


A New York freelance musician active in the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's. While in high school Dick studied drums with Charlie Perry. In 1954 at the age of eighteen he started playing professionally, and over a period of time worked with the big bands of David Carroll, Tony Pastor, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Alexander, Billy May, Gene Williams and Les Elgart. He Spent the first six months of 1958 in Las Vegas working with the Johnny McCormick Quintet, a group backing comedian Jerry Lester, after returning to New York Dick went back on the road with Tony Pastor.1959 found him in Nassau the Bahamas for the first half of the year working at a club that Boyd Raeburn had there. When that gig ended he returned to New York, then back to Las Vegas with Tony Pastor's small group, while there he also did a few weeks with the Jean Hoffman Trio. After that he returned to New York, and over the next few years he worked with Barbara Carroll, Joe Marsala, Kai Winding, Nat Pierce, Sal Salvador, Tyree Glenn, Gene Roland, Bobby Sherwood, Dick Haymes, Gene Quill, Adam Wade, Ronny Whyte, Dan Terry and Bobby Short ( with whom he had an association that lasted twenty years ). In 1960 Dick did two stints with Woody Herman, subbing for his old friend Jimmy Campbell. 1964 and 1965 he did the Dupont Show at the New York Worlds Fair, also during the 1960s he was house drummer at The Blue Angel, Copacabana, Latin Quarter and The Persian Room at The Plaza Hotel. While at these venues he backed numerous vocalists Barbra Striesand, Della Reese, Jack Jones, Carol Sloane, Georgia Brown, Tom Jones and Oscar Brown Jr. to name a few. In 1968 he went into the Café Carlyle of the Carlyle Hotel with Bobby Short for a very long stay. Rogers Whitaker of the New Yorker Magazine once wrote "With Mr Short is his drummer Richard Sheridan, who imperturbable and droopy-mustached, presides over the tympani in the manor of a British Indian Army colonel home on leave from Poona" Dick is now semi retired living in Goshen N.Y.,Touring a few months of the year with the Renaissance Faire where he is an artisan making handmade medieval wooden toys and stick puppets. When he is home he still plays occasionally working jazz gigs with his own group.