Unsung Audio #17: The Diva Jazz Orchestra – Community Soul

Unsung Audio is a subjective, independent space for singing the praises of lesser-known bands, musicians, and songwriters that are true masters of their craft in hopes that you will be inspired to investigate and discover new music.

Michael Hahn says: “THE DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA is an incredibly talented group of musicians.  Their music is well-arranged, passionately performed, and honors the historic tradition of the big band sound.  Hopefully, one day, critics and listeners will enjoy DIVA’s music without qualifying their praise by saying, ‘AND they’re all women.'”

Read the whole article here: Unsung Audio #17: The Diva Jazz Orchestra – Community Soul.

FIVE PLAY Live at the Deer Head Inn coming soon

Sherrie and FIVE PLAY have finished mixing their latest CD, recorded live at the Deerhead Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA. Look for it early summer!
FIVE PLAY at the Deerhead Inn

Band Ambition, by Richard J. Salvucci

Richard J. Salvucci writes about DIVA for All About Jazz. Read the article here: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/band-ambition-sherrie-maricle-and-diva-sherrie-maricle-by-richard-j-salvucci.php

International Women in Jazz Festival 2015

IWJ Festival 2015 postcard2

American Jazz Museum Presents Women In Jazz Programming In March

American Jazz Museum Presents Women In Jazz Programming In March | A month-long celebration featuring a stellar line up of musicians, entertainers, music and art scholars in a wonderful cultural setting.

Kansas City, MO – “Women have always played a significant role in developing the music through creative compositions, stellar performances and their work behind the scenes in presenting the music. Unfortunately, these contributions have gone either unrecognized or were written out of the history books. The American Jazz Museum takes pride in shinning the light on their fabulous efforts,” states Gregory A. Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of the American Jazz Museum.

The American Jazz Museum pays tribute throughout March to Women in Jazz and their incalculable contributions to the music through showcase performances at its award-winning Blue Room Jazz Club, its celebrated subscription series (Jammin’ at the Gem), panel discussions, film screenings and educational programs. Carroll and the museum staff have assembled a great line up of performances and activities to celebrate women in the music and are always looking to expand the notable conference of existing sponsors to help with program underwriting.

Sponsors including Sprint, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund (NTDF), Richard J. Stern Foundation, ArtsKC and others are helping bring top caliber talent and programs to the museum to celebrate women in jazz. Call 816.474.8463 for more information about American Jazz Museum sponsorship opportunities.

Aside from a month of dedicated programming in the Blue Room jazz club, our women in jazz programs will feature a stellar line up of musicians, entertainers, music and art scholars in a wonderful cultural setting. Highlights of this year’s programs include:

o Kick Off Celebration panel discussion with noted scholars Millie Edwards, Dr. Sherrie Maricle, and Lisa Hittle.

o Multiple education workshops and clinics with celebrated jazz drummer Sherrie Maricle.

o DIVA Jazz Orchestra in two unique performances in the blue room. DIVA is one of only 2 total all-women big bands in existence today and is celebrated around the globe.

o VIP Reception honoring Women in Jazz exclusive for our guest artists (DIVA Jazz Orchestra), scholars, and event sponsors.

o American Jazz Museum’s complete events calendar is available online at: http://americanjazzmuseum.org/events/

The American Jazz Museum Celebrates Women in Jazz | March, 2015 * Program Highlights

March 5 – Kick Off Celebration, Gem Theater – Free

5:00 pm: Friends University Big Band Performance, Lisa Hittle Director
6:00 pm: THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents. Panel: Millie Edwards (moderator), Sherrie Maricle & Lisa Hittle

March 7 – AJM Presents Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

9:30 am: Metro Jazz Workshop Big Band Open Rehearsal w/ Sherrie Maricle, Atrium – Free

10:30 am: Big Band Drumming Masterclass w/ Sherrie Maricle, Atrium – Free

12:00 pm: Lunch & Chat w/ Sherrie Maricle, Atrium – Free
Sponsored by Carroll Studios & Midnight Blue Jazz Quartet

2:00 pm: Sherrie Maricle & DIVA Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal/ Sound Check, Blue Room – Free (students)

7:00 pm: Salute to Women in Jazz Reception, Lester Young Lobby – By Invitation ONLY

8:00 pm and 10:00 pm: Sherrie Maricle & DIVA Jazz Orchestra Performance, Blue Room – $20 (one show), $30 (two shows)

o Limited seating. Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or 816.474.6262

2 Shows – Featuring 15 of the finest musicians of our time, DIVA lights up the stage with their music and personalities, riveting audiences and commanding standing ovations. Critics have called this gifted, rowdy, tour de force —“vibrant,” “magnetic,” “electrifying,” “smokin’, ” and “timeless.” DIVA takes the traditional boundaries of jazz and swing and pushes them to the outermost limits.

About | American Jazz Museum

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater.

Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

Our mission is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through four pillars: research, exhibition, education and performance – at one of the world’s greatest jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine.

As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz music, the American Jazz Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness and appreciation of jazz among the widest demographic of people across the Kansas City region, as well as among those based in various locations worldwide.

For more information, please visit http://AmericanJazzMuseum.org.

Diane Schuur to Bring WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA to the Iridium for Valentine’s Day

From BroadwayWorld.com: “Celebrate this Valentine’s Day weekend WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA – a very special three-night engagement where two-time Grammy winning legendary jazz vocalistDiane Schuur takes to the stage with New York’s own magnetic tour-de-force Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by the extraordinary talented drummer Dr. Sherrie Maricle.”

Read more on BroadwayWorld.com

Mixing Special Kay

Mixing Special Kay

Sherrie, do NOT push that red button!

Sherrie and master engineer Kent Heckman mixing our upcoming CD Special Kay at Red Rock Recording in Saylorsburg, PA. Recorded live in June, 2014 at Tannery Pond Community Center, it features the compositions of our founder Stanley Kay – our first all-original recording!


W. Royal Stokes’s BEST & NOTABLE NEW RELEASES 2014

Author, critic, and jazz historian W. Royal Stokes names A Swingin’ Life one of the 10 best new releases of 2014. His complete list is online at http://www.wroyalstokes.com/2014/12/31/best-notable-new-releases-2014/.

Thanks, Royal!

Happy Holidays from DIVA

FREE! Download or stream “Nothin‘” from  A Swingin’ Life with our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season for you and yours!

All About Jazz gives A Swingin’ Life four stars

Jack Bowers says: “…galvanic instrumentals… …dazzling soloists…”

Read the whole review at http://www.allaboutjazz.com/a-swingin-life-diva-mcg-jazz-review-by-jack-bowers.php