Q-and-A with Sherrie Maricle of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Eliana Yu interviews Sherrie about the best part about directing/being in the band, the pace of the show, DIVA repertoire, planning shows, what makes the DIVA Jazz Orchestra “click,” and the Purdue Jazz Festival.

Read the interview at http://www.purdueexponent.org/features/article_dfcdace8-9457-549a-b305-a2f775ae7ea1.html

Concerts, competitions, special events to enliven Purdue Jazz Festival

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – More than 90 big bands and combos from high schools and middle schools across the state of Indiana and Midwest have been accepted to compete in the 26th Purdue Jazz Festival in West Lafayette.

The all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra, led by Sherrie Maricle, serves as the Friday night headliner concert beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 22, in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. This event is sponsored by Purdue Convocations.

For more information on Purdue Jazz Festival events, contact Jaclyn Heinz at 765-496-6785 or heinzj@purdue.edu To purchase tickets for headliner concerts call 800-914- SHOW.

The 26th Annual Jazz Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Indianapolis Arts Commission (Tippecanoe Arts Federation) with funding from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts, and many corporate sponsors. For a list of festival sponsors, please click here.

Contact: Courtney Downey, Director of Alumni, Donor & Public Relations|Purdue University Bands & Orchestras, 765-496-3288, cndowney@purdue.edu

Review: ‘Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life,’ a Jazz- and Tap-Filled Journey Through the Past – The New York Times

In this variety-style show, Mr. Hines tells the story of his career rise and that of his brother, Gregory, who died in 2003.

Source: Review: ‘Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life,’ a Jazz- and Tap-Filled Journey Through the Past – The New York Times

Maurice Hines Opens His Heart in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ – The New York Times

Mr. Hines, who has been performing for most of his life, uses his autobiographical show to teach the next generation and to keep memories alive.

Source: Maurice Hines Opens His Heart in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ – The New York Times

Maurice Hines Is Energetic as Ever in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ | | Observer

He wants to dance with somebody.

Source: Maurice Hines Is Energetic as Ever in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ | | Observer

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life – TheaterMania.com

A bygone era gets a musical memoir at New World Stages.

Source: Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life – TheaterMania.com

Photo Coverage: MAURICE HINES TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE Celebrates Opening Night!

He’s going to put a smile on your face and song in your heart.MAURICE HINES TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE is a swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a by-gone era still working today and whose collaborators were a jaw-dropping, who’s who of theatre, music, film and television. Co-starring the fierce tap dancing Manzari brothers and the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, the show is directed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Deaf West’s Big River, Grease). Performances began December 23rd at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street), and opened just last night, January 11th. Check out photos from the big night below!

Source: Photo Coverage: MAURICE HINES TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE Celebrates Opening Night!

DIVA, FIVE PLAY in JAZZed Reader’s Poll

We’re proud and honored to be included in JAZZed’s 2015 Reader’s Poll. FIVE PLAY is included in the Best Jazz Group category along with Snarky Puppy and John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet. DIVA placed in the Best Big Band category along with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. Complete Reader’s Poll results are online at http://www.jazzedmagazine.com/4747/articles/featured/2015-readers-poll-results/.

Big thanks to our JAZZed reader/fans!

Tappin’ Thru Life Sneak Peak

Have you seen Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at New World Stages? If not, this is what you’re missing!

Visit www.tappinthrulife.com for showtimes and tickets.

Five Play: Live at the Deer Head Inn

Five Play: Live at the Deer Head Inn jazz review by Richard J Salvucci, published on December 1, 2015. Find thousands reviews at All About Jazz!

Source: Five Play: Live at the Deer Head Inn