We’re proud to announce that Maurice Hines and Sherrie Maricle have received nominations for this year’s Helen Hayes Awards, in the categories of Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music Direction, respectively. The show is traveling to Atlanta, Beverly Hills, and Cleveland in coming months. Check our Shows page for dates and more info.
DIVA just spent two days at historic Kaufman Astoria Studios recording music for the 2014 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Tune in to NBC at 8:00 pm ET to watch the show and hear us!
Celia Wren talks with Sherrie about Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life, DIVA, and more. Read the whole article at http://wapo.st/JFKXrO
Keith Loria says:
“Hines is backed up in his performance by a nine-piece, all-women big band, and he and director Jeff Calhoun make sure to give a moment to each of those who Hines calls ‘his divas.’ Especially memorable are a drum solo by Sherrie Maricle and some standout brass by Jennifer Krupa on trombone.”
Read the whole review here: http://www.theatermania.com/washington-dc-theater/reviews/12-2013/maurice-hines-is-tappin-thru-life_66786.html
Trey Graham says:
“Chief among [the show's] assets, aside from the gregarious personality at its core: the rambunctious Diva Jazz Orchestra, an all-woman ensemble that makes a righteous noise behind, under, and around Hines’ coolly sassy vocals—and, often enough, on its own.”
Read the whole article here: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/45092/maurice-hines-is-tappin-through-life-at-arena-stage-reviewed/
Joe Adcock says:
“The music is immeasurably enhanced by the nine-member all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra. This brassy virtuoso ensemble is great. The leader is a drummer, Dr. Sherrie Maricle. Her solo riff as an astounding display of blurring sticks and flying hands.”
Read the whole review here: http://washingtondc.showbizradio.com/2013/11/review-as-maurice-hines/
Chuck Conconi says:
“Hines is a crowd-pleaser, and he is backed up by the outstanding nine-member, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra and they make the evening work. From the opening of “Tappin’ Thru Life,” it’s clear that the DIVAs, on an elevated platform behind Hines, are master musicians who truly seem to be having fun and capture the audience’s full attention. Stage bands are often a necessary support for the star, but Hines is clearly aware the DIVAs are exceptionally talented crowd-pleasers and he plays back and forth with them. He makes certain they get the recognition they deserve.
It is worth pointing out that the Divas are led by Dr. Sherrie Maricle, who Hines compares to the legendary Buddy Rich. She is impressive. The other band members who are so outstanding are Amy Shook, acoustic bass; Janelle Gill, piano; Jennifer Krupa, trombone; Jami Dauber, trumpet; Liesl Whitaker, lead trumpet; Sharel Cassity, lead alto saxophone; Camille Thurman, tenor saxophone; and Leigh Pilzer, baritone saxophone.”
Read the whole review here: http://www.washingtonlife.com/2013/11/25/performing-arts-tappin-the-classics/
Nelson Pressley says:
“The Diva group, driven by three horns and three saxophones and led by drummer and music director Sherrie Maricle, seldom tiptoes toward a song when they can sashay right up and crush it with a big, bold kiss on the mouth.”
Read the whole review here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/review-in-tappin-thru-life-maurice-hines-sings-his-heart-out/2013/11/24/564612ae-53ba-11e3-9ee6-2580086d8254_story.html
Benjamin Tomchik says:
“Joining Hines onstage is The Diva Jazz Orchestra, a nine piece all-female big-band style orchestra. In many ways The Diva Jazz Orchestra is not only the evening’s musical accompaniment, but also scene stealer and straight-man to Hines’ jokes. And when The Diva Jazz Orchestra starts to play, it’s hard not to say that the show’s gravitas shifts from Hines to the bandstand behind him. Their performance of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” midway thru Tappin’ Thru Life, especially drummer Sherrie Maricle’s solo, can only be described as incredible!”