September 20, 2005
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Fri-Sat, Sep 23-24 Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival Presents: Sherrie Maricle and DIVA Jazz Orchestra with Ann Hampton Callaway (special guest vocalist)
Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 The Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival Jazz at Lincoln Center, 212-258-9595 Broadway at 60th Street 5th Floor www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/
DIVA…confirmed once again what a superb ensemble this all-women big band is –impeccable section work and tremendous commitment all round. And the solo strength of the orchestra is greater than ever…DIVA is truly a big band force to be reckoned with." -The Washington Post
DIVA is a concert jazz orchestra steeped in the history of jazz but infused with the progressive harmonies of today. The band is based in New York City and plays contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged by band members and renowned writers including Tommy Newsom, Ellen Rowe, Rich Shemaria, and Scott Whitfield. DIVA's unique sound is a result of their repertoire being composed expressly for the individual personalities of the musicians themselves. What audiences can expect to hear is powerful ensemble playing and creative soloists playing with all the spontaneity, originality and finesse of the jazz masters who have preceded them.
DIVA was founded by Stanley Kay, a former manager and relief drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band where Maricle was playing drums. Impressed by her skill, Kay wondered if there were other women musicians with a similar caliber of musicianship. A nationwide audition of players produced a core group of musicians who performed their first concert in March of 1993.
Saxophones Trumpets Karolina Strassmayer, alto 1 SSG Liesl Whitaker, lead Leigh Pilzer, alto 2 Barbara Laronga, trumpet 2 Anat Cohen, tenor 1 Tanya Darby, trumpet 3 Scheila Gonzalez, tenor 2 Jami Dauber, manager/trumpet 4 Lisa Parrott, baritone Trombones Rhythm Deborah Weisz, lead Dr. Sherrie Maricle, leader/drums Jen Krupa, trombone 2 Chihiro Yamanaka, piano Leslie Havens, bass trombone Noriko Ueda, bass
Celebrating the release of their new CD….
Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra TNT-A Tommy Newsom Tribute Diva Jazz Lightyear 54698-2 Street Date September 27, 2005
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