Photo by Bill Westmoreland
For musician Sherrie Maricle, her drum set is a real-life metaphor of her career. Just as playing the drums requires coordinating four limbs at the same time, Maricle's career coordinates successes as a jazz artist, composer, teacher and music director.
From the drum set Maricle leads her big band The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, her quintet FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and serves as the orchestra's Director of Education. As a teacher she runs a private drum set and percussion studio and is also a conductor for The New York Summer Festival. Sherrie is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. She is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger in both the classical and jazz mediums.
With her three bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world's most acclaimed music venues and major jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood and was presented on the television special The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration. In 2009 Sherrie and her trio were guests on Marin McPartland's world-renowned NPR show Piano Jazz, and this year The DIVA Jazz Orchestra will be prominently featured in a documentary film entitled The Girls in the Band.
As a composer, performer and educator, Sherrie has received several honors which include The Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award from The Kennedy Center (2009), a tour grant from Arts International, The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts, a grant from Meet the Composer, a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University, and selection as the New York University Music "Teacher of the Year" in both 1997 and 2000.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Binghamton University Sherrie moved to New York City and attended New York University where she completed a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance in 1986 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition in 2000.
The DIVA Jazz Orchestra's most recent recording Johnny Mandel: A Man and His Music was recorded "LIVE" from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and was released in March, 2011. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio have released a total of sixteen CDs that can be found and heard at on the recordings page. Some of Maricle's additional recording credits include The Time Being, Cookin' on All Burners, Dedication, Sherrie Maricle and Friends "LIVE", and numerous compact discs with The New York Pops.
Check out Sherrie's:
Interview with Eric Harabadian in Jazz Inside Magazine
Interview with Joe Montague at www.jazzreview.com
Interview with Chris Hedges in the New York Times
Tips for Jazz Drumming