Special Kay, our first “all-original” recording, featuring the hard-swinging, joyful, and poignant compositions of our founder and creative force, Stanley Kay, is now available. Visit the CD page to order!
Tickets are now on sale for Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas December 16 & 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Born April 25, 1917, the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald has influenced female jazz musicians for generations. The Kennedy Center presents a number of distinct performances in recognition of the centennial of the 1979 Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master’s birth.
Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra dug out original charts from the Library of Congress to perform selections from Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas (1960; Verve), and other big band tunes to celebrate her centenary and put you in a toe-tappin’ holiday spirit.
Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/MRJCK for more information and to buy tickets.
We’ll be giving a special FREE Saturday evening performance at the Lake George Jazz Festival on September 17th, 7:30 pm. Visit http://www.lakegeorgearts.org/lakegeorge-jazz.htm for more information. See you there!
“Tappin’ Thru Life” is coming to Penn’s Landing! pic.twitter.com/AkpIUmkmiW
— PennsLandngPlayhouse (@PLPlayhouse) August 20, 2016
Maurice Hines is Tappin Thru Life is heading to Philadelphia, where it will run at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse from September 28-November 20. Visit the shows page for showtimes and ticket purchase link.
TBT reviews from the inaugural run of Tappin’ in Washington, DC:
Washingtonian magazine pronounces Sherrie “impossibly brilliant.”
MD Theatre Guide says, “Another highlight of this show is the Diva Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Sherrie Maricle. Playing arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Tommy Newsom, and Frank Owens among others, this all female group shows impeccable musicianship and has all the swing of the big bands of the 30s and 40s and their feature of Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan’ was a definite highlight.”
The winner of the 2016 Stanley Kay Scholarship is Nick Kepron. Nick will be attending the Daniel Glass New York Jazz Intensive Drummers Collective workshop.
Local 802, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, featured Tappin’ Thru Life in the March, 2016 issue of Allegro . Here’s just one of the great photos of Sherrie Maricle on drums with Jackie Warren, piano; Amy Shook, bass; Alexa Tarantino, Roxy Coss, and Lauren Sevian, saxophones; Liesl Whitaker and Jami Dauber, trumpets; and Sara Jacovino, trombone; see the rest online at http://www.local802afm.org/2016/03/tappin-thru-life-2/.