DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA is a straight-ahead, super-swingin’ power-house ensemble comprised of 15 of the world’s most consummate jazz musicians, who just happen to be women. DIVA is rooted in the tradition and excitement of the great big bands, with a focus on originality and personality. Musical Director and critically acclaimed drummer Sherrie Maricle leads her all-star orchestra in its debut at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.
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.
Since their premiere performance over 21 years ago, DIVA has toured the world to critical and popular acclaim, performing at lauded venues like Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the Apollo Theater in New York to name just a few.
During its impressive two decade run, DIVA has shared the stage with a host of impressive jazz talent including Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, DeeDee Bridgewater, and Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker and Dave Brubeck among others.
DIVA proudly boasts of a very impressive series of recordings. Their most recent release, Special Kay, was preceded by the critically-acclaimed A Swingin’ Life, featuring Grammy Award winner Nancy Wilson and the soulful Marlena Shaw. Other DIVA recordings include: Johnny Mandel: The Man and his Music, recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and conducted by Mandel himself; Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, featuring supremely swinging vocalist Carmen Bradford (2008); TNT – Tommy Newsom Tribute, a compilation of charts the late Mr. Newsom arranged exclusively for DIVA (2005); Live in Concert (2002); I Believe in You (1999); Leave It To DIVA (1997); and Something’s Coming (1995).
For acoustical purposes, due to the volume level of this concert, the view through the window will not be available for this performance.
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