Sherrie Maricle & DIVA Jazz Orchestra
SWINGIN’ IT FORWARD + Rooted in Big Band Tradition + Bursting with Originality and Fresh Talent!
Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That’s DIVA – an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women.
Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today’s progressive sound of originality and verve. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. Audiences can expect to hear high-energy performances packed with unique improvisation, spontaneity, and fun.
The inspiration for DIVA came from Stanley Kay, one-time manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band in which Sherrie Maricle was playing the drums. Stanley immediately picked up on her extraordinary talent and began to wonder if there were other women players who could perform at the same level. In 1992 the search was on, and through nationwide auditions the foundation for DIVA was poured. What emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day.
History & Future
Since their premiere performance over 25 years ago, DIVA has toured the world to critical and popular acclaim. In fact, rather than it’s almost easier to ask the question: Where haven’t they played? Here is but a partial list: Carnegie Hall in New York City; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the Blue Note; Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center; the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. International appearances include Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, France; Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy; Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany; Salzburg Music Festival in Austria; Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland; Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals in Canada; Bogota International Jazz Festival in Colombia; Jamaica Jazz Festival; Zagreb Jazz Festival in Croatia; and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.
About the DIVA 25th Anniversary Project, released in 2017:
To honor DIVA’s 25-year history and legacy of the band’s founder, Stanley Kay, Sherrie has tasked herself and has asked 9 other band members to compose and arrange a new piece of music to commemorate this significant milestone. To have 10 composers in the band, writing for the band, who have played together for years, who helped forge DIVA’s style and sound, who know the band’s history, who know and respect each other musically and genuinely like each other, has given them a remarkable opportunity to create and share their first all-original DIVA plays DIVA recording; 10 original writers composing for 15 friends in 1 amazing band.
end April into May + Summer 2020
Line-up DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Sherrie Maricle (dr, lead)
Noriko Ueda – bass • Tomoko Ohno – piano • Leslie Havens – bass trombone • Sara Jacovino – trombone • Jennifer Krupa – trombone • Rachel Therrien – trumpet, flugelhorn • Barbara Laronga – trumpet, flugelhorn • Jami Dauber – trumpet, flugelhorn, manager • Liesl Whitaker – trumpet, flugelhorn • Leigh Pilzer – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet • Erica von Kleist – tenor saxophone • Janelle Reichman – tenor saxophone, clarinet • Mercedes Beckman – alto saxophone, flute, clarinet • Alexa Tarantino – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone