This Week at Dizzy’s: The DIVA Jazz Orchestra Swings Broadway
Mar 17–19 • 7:30PM & 9:30PMMar 20 • 5PM & 7:30PM Live Webcast: Mar 17 • 7:30PM & 9:30PM
TONIGHT marks the release party for DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s new album, DIVA Swings Broadway. Broadway musicals have been the source of many great jazz standards, which the DIVA Jazz Orchestra loves to reimagine. The ensemble has commissioned innovative and exciting arrangements of Broadway classics to highlight the power, force, and sophisticated subtlety of the group’s sound and to feature the unique personalities of its 15 exceptional soloists. This music is timeless, even when reimagined and swinging hard!
Broadway musicals have been the source of many notable jazz standards, and this album continues the DIVA tradition of reimagining great songs. Each selection on this recording has an inherent musical depth, context, and meaning, energized by our original interpretations that will hopefully elicit fond memories for our listeners. Each arrangement was commissioned to highlight the power, force, and beauty of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s ensemble sound, as well as to feature our fifteen exceptional soloists.
Hard-charging, powerful, immersed in the history of their craft, and passionately swinging the music forward; that’s DIVA – an ensemble of fifteen versatile musicians who expertly balance enthusiastic energy with sophisticated subtlety, virtuosity, and imagination.Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of historic big bands, with an eye towards originality and innovation. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing original contemporary and mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged specifically for the band and tailored to fit their distinct ensemble sound while highlighting each soloist’s unique personality and style. DIVA was founded by Stanley Kay, one-time manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich. In 1990 he heard Sherrie play, was impressed and decided to create a band of like-minded players. 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. Since their premiere performance 29 years ago, DIVA has toured the world to critical and popular acclaim. Performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club, Symphony Halls in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cleveland, and the Hollywood Bowl. International appearances include Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, France; Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy; 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. As if the list of settings in which DIVA has performed isn’t impressive enough, from 2013 – 2020 the band was featured in Maurice Hines’s autobiographical musical Tappin’ Through Life, performing extended theatrical runs throughout the United States. DIVA has also shared the stage with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Carmen Bradford, Marlena Shaw, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Dave Brubeck, and others jazz luminaries. Notable television, film, and Internet appearances including performing at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony live from the Kennedy Center; A 2017 PBS special with Maurice Hines for The Kate show; the soundtrack for the 2014 NBC/Macy’s Firework Spectacular; a feature in the award-winning documentary film, The Girls in the Band; multiple appearances on CNN Arts Break; a dedicated segment on CBS Sunday Morning; and musical features as part of The Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary Special, the Japanese television network NHK, and Metropol TV in Germany. DIVA Swings Broadway is the band’s latest recording, featuring reimagined arrangements of Broadway classics. Release date March 17, 2022.
TRACKS AND TIMES & COMPOSER:1. Heart Richard Adler/Jerry Ross (7:48) Arr. Steven Feifke; from Damn Yankees, 1955 Soloists: Roxy Coss, tenor saxophone; Jami Dauber, trumpet; Jennifer Krupa, trombone 2. Pure Imagination Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse (6:38) Arr. Leigh Pilzer; from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2013 Soloists: Jami Dauber, flugelhorn; Roxy Coss, tenor saxophone; Sherrie Maricle, drum set; Annette Aguilar, percussion 3. The Man I Love George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin (5:45) Arr. Michael Abene; from American in Paris, 2014 Soloist: Noriko Ueda, bass 4. With Every Breath I Take Cy Coleman (7:12) Arr. Sara Jacovino; from City of Angels, 1989 Soloist: Sara Jacovino, trombone 5. The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (6:06) Arr. Leigh Pilzer; from The Sound of Music, 1959 Soloists: Tomoko Ohno, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Leigh Pilzer, baritone saxophone 6. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (6:29) Arr. Noriko Ueda; from Oklahoma! 1943 Soloists: Tomoko Ohno, piano; Rachel Therrien, flugelhorn; Laura Dreyer, tenor saxophone 7. Seventy-Six Trombones Meredith Willson (5:17) Arr. by Scott Whitfield; from The Music Man, 1957 Soloists: Jennifer Krupa, Sara Jacovino, and Leslie Haven, trombone; Roxy Coss, clarinet; Barbara Laronga, trumpet 8. Love Who You Love Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens (7:18) Arr. Scott Silbert; from A Man of No Importance, 2002 Soloists: Tomoko Ohno, piano; Barbara Laronga, flugelhorn; Alexa Tarantino, soprano saxophone 9. Get Me to the Church on Time Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (8:54) Arr. Scott Whitfield; from My Fair Lady, 1956 Soloists: Mercedes Beckman and Alexa Tarantino, alto saxophone; Sherrie Maricle, drum set PLAYERS & INSTRUMENTS: Sherrie Maricle: Music Director, drum set Noriko Ueda: bass Tomoko Ohno: piano Alexa Tarantino: soprano/alto saxophones, flute Mercedes Beckman: soprano/alto saxophones, flute Roxy Cross: tenor saxophone, clarinet Laura Dreyer: soprano/tenor saxophones, clarinet Leigh Pilzer: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, clarinet Liesl Whitaker: trumpet/flugelhorn Jami Dauber: trumpet/flugelhorn Rachel Therrien: trumpet/flugelhorn Barbara Laronga: trumpet/flugelhorn Jennifer Krupa: trombone Sara Jacovino: trombone Leslie Havens: bass trombone Annette Aguilar, guest percussionist on tracks 2 and 6: agogo bell by Bola, caxixi, contemporanea repinique, cuica, mineiro, pandeiro (AAA 10” by Boemia), shaker, tamborim
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