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41st Annual PSU Jazz Festival - March 6, 2015



Featuring 15 of the finest musicians of our time, lights up the stage with their music and personalities, riveting audiences and commanding standing ovations. Critics have called this gifted, rowdy, tour de force —“vibrant,” “magnetic,” “electrifying,” “smokin’,” and “timeless.” DIVA takes the traditional boundaries of jazz and swing and pushes them to the outermost limits. Recorded over 12 albums, including the critically-acclaimed Johnny Mandel: The Man and his Music, conducted by Johnny Mandel and recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Performed at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Raised the roof at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center’s “Women in Jazz” and Verizon Jazz at Lincoln Center.

--Pleased crowds at Manhattan’s Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, and the Apollo Theater.
--Wowed audiences at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Manchester
--Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, Symphony Halls in St. Louis,
--Philadelphia and Cleveland, and the Cinegrill in Hollywood.
--Featured in the 2013 award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band.

View a video clip of DIVA


DIVA attracts multi-generational audiences, offering everything from jazz standards, swing and pop music, to classical standards rewritten for modern times. The band’s music is fresh and soulful —transporting audiences who cannot help but “swing” into their unique and vibrant world. DIVA is a powerful blend of musical genius and bold personalities.The band, based in New York City, is led by the extraordinarily talented drummer, Dr. Sherrie Maricle, jazz artist, composer, teacher and music director. Drawing on a broad range of experiences, DIVA’s brilliant band members compose and play different genres of music; many play several instruments, and all bring an unbridled, compelling energy to their performances. Arrangements are written exclusively for DIVA by band members or prestigious composers and comprise a library of more than 400 songs.
DIVA has recorded over 12 albums, including the critically-acclaimed
Johnny Mandel: The Man and his Music, recorded live at Dizzy’s Club
Coca-Cola and conducted by Mandel himself. Other DIVA recordings include Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-
Cola, featuring 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). Visit the “Sounds” page for track lists and audio samples. DIVA has enjoyed International appearances at Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, France; Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy; the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany; Salzburg Music Festival in Austria; Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland; Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals in Canada; Bogota International Jazz Festival in Colombia; Jamaica Jazz Festival; Zagreb Jazz Festival in Croatia; and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland. They’ve played the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium and have been featured many times on CNN Art’s Break and on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, and been honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with James Brown, James Taylor, and John Denver.

What the Critics Are Saying...
“The band punched, kicked, roared and swung with a disciplined abandon and an unaffected joie de vivre.”
— Jazz Times
“DIVA played with the vigor and complexity...”
— The Washington Post
“Everybody in that band was powerful... Their set, powered by drummer-leader Sherrie Maricle, smoked.” [In concert with Nancy Wilson]
— The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
“The band navigated through music that transcended boundaries of time and style.” [In concert with Diane Schuur]
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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