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2018 Stanley Kay Scholarship winner Tetyana Haraschuk

Tetyana Haraschuk is a 19 year old Jazz drum student at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine Tetyana immigrated to Canada with her family in 2006. She started playing drums at the age of 10, and from age 14 to 18 took lessons with Quincy Davis, then the drum set professor at the University of Manitoba.

Tetyana has played in the Winnipeg Jazz Festival three times: as part of the Manitoba Honour Jazz Band, as part of an all female jazz ensemble, and with her own swing dance band. In 2015 and 2016, she was the drummer in the University of Manitoba Youth Jazz Collective led by Professor Jon Gordon. In 2016-17, Tetyana played in the South Side Big Band and in 2017-18 had the pleasure of playing with Brad Shigeta’s Swing Time Band. Tetyana also subs/gigs with The Executive Big Band, The Murray Riddell Big Band, and the East Side Jazz Band.

Tetyana continues to play in a few small jazz ensembles and is the drummer in the Ukrainian polka band Budmo. This summer, she is looking forward to composing more music and putting together her own ensemble.

Tetyana is thrilled to have received the Stanley Kay Scholarship. She would like to thank her parents, her high school band teacher/life coach/friend Mr. Dan Steinhilber, ensemble leader and wonderful human Professor Jon Gordon, and, of course, teacher, mentor and inspiration Professor Quincy Davis.

Tetyana Haraschuk

Review: Geannine Reid, All About Jazz

Geannine Reid says: “What is most shining about this big band, is its collective sound. The precision of each composer’s contribution to the project, highlights the unification of mastery by each musician beyond their remarkable playing technique. Together they bond for the overall success of a unified project. This teamwork, is what makes this release head and shoulders in its presentation.”

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Review: Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Hrayr Attarian says: “The 25th Anniversary Project is an intriguing set of ten originals by various members of band that highlights their inventive and imaginative artistry… This recording is the result of a quarter century of artistic maturation that has crystalized in an exquisite display of high caliber musicianship. Thanks to Maricle’s dynamic leadership the group continues to captivate and thrill.”

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Review: Step Tempest

Richard B. Kamins says: “Diva Jazz Orchestra may be 25 years old but this album sounds fresh and on target.  There’s neither a weak tune nor boring solo in the 65-minute program. Yes, you can hear echoes of Count Basie, touches of Duke Ellington, a bit of Woody Herman but they are just that – echoes.  What truly stands out is how strong this music, how much fun the musicians are having as an ensemble, and how positive the listening experience is.  Happy “25th Anniversary Project”!  Here’s to many more.”

Read more at https://steptempest.blogspot.com/2018/01/visions-dreams-and-realities.html

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Sherrie “live” on KUNV 91.5

Sherrie talks with Kim Linzy and Steve Edwards about the DIVA 25th Anniversary CD, DIVA founder Stanley Kay, and more on KUNV 91.5’S “The Morning Lounge.”

25th Anniversary Project CD now available

A huge and heartfelt thank you to those of you who have participated in our 25th Anniversary CD Project! We hope you’re enjoying the recording and all the behind-the-scenes videos, photos, arrangement sketches, and journal entries.

If you haven’t participated yet there’s still time, and new participant offers are still to come.

Visit our project page at http://artistshare.com/v4/Projects/Experience/358/492/1/Diva-Jazz-Orchestra-25th-Anniversary-Project?v=2 to order the CD and get access to all the extras. And visit the CD page at for audio samples!