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DIVA Jazz Orchestra directed by Sherrie Maricle

Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That’s DIVA – 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 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. In 1992 the search was on, and through nationwide auditions the foundation for DIVA was poured. What emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day.

Friday, April 12 at 8:00pm

Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center (PAC)
1 Touhill Circle, St. Louis, Mo. 63121-4400

Event Type

Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff and Retirees, Alumni and Friends, General Public, Prospective Students, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students

Website

https://www.touhill.org/events/detail...

Cost

$35 - UMSL Students and Staff discounted tickets are available

Group
Touhill Performing Arts Center
Department
Fine and Performing Arts
Hashtag

#gstljf

Contact Name

Touhill Ticket Office

Contact Phone

314-516-4949

Contact Email

ticket@umsl.edu

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