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Sherrie Maricle, Noriko Ueda, and Tomoko Ohno are the heartbeat of DIVA and FIVE PLAY. As The DIVA Jazz Trio, they take their multiple musical powers to extraordinary new levels of swing, sophistication and originality.
After 10+ years of playing together, the trio shares not only a deep intuition for each other’s musical inclinations but also a compelling, powerful and unified creative vision, fueled by mutual admiration and respect. This triple treat of talent has melded their individual skills into a fresh, exciting trio infused with imagination, rooted in jazz tradition and unified by a collective inspiration and passion to make exceptional music for our listeners.
The DIVA Jazz Trio’s repertoire is comprised of innovative arrangements of classic and contemporary standards, as well as original music composed by Sherrie, Noriko and Tomoko. The trio’s compositions and arrangements are conceived to highlight the unique style of each player and also support the distinctive sound of the ensemble.
The DIVA Jazz Trio was officially born in 2005 and has been blessed to perform at many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, music festivals, jazz clubs and universities including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and major venues throughout Spain, Germany, Portugal, Ireland and Switzerland. In June of 2009 the trio was given the honor of being featured on Marian McPartland’s world renowned National Public Radio Show Piano Jazz.
The DIVA Jazz Trio’s premier recording, Never, Never Land (Arbors Records), was released in the Fall of 2009.
“In concert, the trio combines both raw power and virtuosity for an awe-inspiring thrill ride. It often delights with inventive and up-tempo arrangements of familiar tunes and “If I Only Had a Brain” has become somewhat of a signature. Here, the trio gives Harold Arlen’s Wizard of Oz classic a crisp interpretation that swings neatly thanks to Ueda’s spotless bass work, Maricle’s deft brushes and Ohno’s clean runs.”
Read the full review at AllAboutJazz