Alto saxophonist and composer Sherman Irby was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University, then joined the quintet of Johnny O’Neal, a former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Irby has recorded two albums for Blue Note Records, and worked with Marcus Roberts, Roy Hargrove, Papo Vazquez, Paco de Lucia, Elvin Jones, and McCoy Tyner. He is currently a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. Among his numerous recordings, Irby’s latest releases are Sherman Irby’s Inferno, and Cerulean Canvas. He’ll be appearing at Word of South as part of the tribute to Nat and Cannonball Adderley.