DIVA

Big Band / Vocal Jazz • United States
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Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That's The DIVA Jazz Orchestra - an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women. They can't help it - they were born that way.

Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today's progressive sound of originality and verve. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. Audiences can expect to hear high-energy performances packed with unique improvisation, spontaneity and fun.

The inspiration for DIVA came from Stanley Kay, one-time manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band in which
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DIVA Something's Coming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something's Coming
Big Band 1995
DIVA Leave it to DIVA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leave it to DIVA
Big Band 1997
DIVA I Believe in You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Believe in You
Big Band 1998
DIVA Presents TNT- A Tommy Newson Tribute album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Presents TNT- A Tommy Newson Tribute
Big Band 2005
DIVA A Swingin’ Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Swingin’ Life
Vocal Jazz 2014
DIVA Special Kay! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Special Kay!
Big Band 2016
DIVA 25th Anniversary Project album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
25th Anniversary Project
Big Band 2018

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Live in Concert
Big Band 2002
DIVA Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center's  Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Big Band 2008
DIVA DIVA + The Boys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
DIVA + The Boys
Big Band 2019

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DIVA 25th Anniversary Project

Album · 2018 · Big Band
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Singularly the hardest working Big Band in the industry today, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra is lead by superwoman Sherrie Maricle, who not only is the drummer of the band but the collaborative ball of energy that drives the 15-piece group of highly qualified female instrumentalists. The inspiration for DIVA came from Stanley Kay, one-time manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band in which Sherrie Maricle was playing the drums. Stanley immediately picked up on her extraordinary talent and began to wonder if there were other women players who could perform at the same level. The search was on and through nationwide auditions, the foundation for DIVA was poured in June 1992, and what emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day.

Though DIVA holds dear the traditional jazz idiom, the release of 25th Anniversary Project includes original compositions by some of the members who are genuine, yet ingenious composers. Maricle explains; “the CD offers our listeners 10 original compositions by 9 remarkable composers, writing for 15 friends in 1 amazing band. It’s DIVA’s mission to continue to swing hard and grow, through the exceptional individual talent within the band and their extraordinary composers and arrangers.”

One such composition is by baritone saxist Leigh Pilzer, titled “East Coast Andy,” a romping tune with high flying horn hits, creatively conceived sections that add to the textural interest of the tune and a burning solo by Pilzer herself, as well as trumpeter Jami Dauber who has a penchant for stomping the gates with her high stepping style.

A beautifully written “Square One,” features alto and soprano saxophonist Alexa Tarantino in the writer’s seat. The tune is harmonically rich with soothing pastoral colorizations and emotional dips, that lead to emotive, conversationally based solos between Rachel Therrian on flugelhorn and Tarantino herself on alto saxophone. The elongated melody is stirring and memorable.

Maricle takes the album out with her original “The Rhythm Changes,” which is aptly titled as it refers to the rhythm of the motif and how it changes through the form of the composition. Soloists, Barbara Laronga on trumpet, Mercedes Beckman on alto saxophone, Noriko Ueda on bass and Maricle on drums create an interactive atmosphere for swing era stalwarts and jazz aficionados to savor. 25th Anniversary Project is certainly a keepsake, when taking stock of its measure, one asks; is it authentic to its source and performed with expertise and awareness, in this case a resounding yes can be heard.

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