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DIVA Jazz Orchestra
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.
In 2006, DIVA was voted one of the best big bands in the world in both DownBeat magazine's annual Critic's and Reader's Polls. To fully grasp how wide the appeal is of this incredibly gifted ensemble, one has only to read the catalog of prestigious venues in which the band has performed, worldwide. In fact, it's almost easier to ask the question: Where haven'’t they played? Here is but a partial list: 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. Add to that the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Manchester Craftsmen'’s Guild in Pittsburgh, and Symphony Halls in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cleveland, plus the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and Cinegrill in Hollywood. 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 at which DIVA has performed isn't impressive enough, they have also shared the stage with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Carmen Bradford, Marlena Shaw, Dee Daniels, Maurice Hines, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Randy Brecker and Dave Brubeck. The band has also made numerous television appearances highlighted by multiple feature slots on CNN'’s Arts Break plus a feature segment on the network television program "CBS Sunday Morning," a spotlighted segment as part of The Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Special and a critically acclaimed feature on the Japanese television NHK network.
DIVA proudly boasts of a very impressive series of recordings, most recent of which is 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 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). Whether live or via recording, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra always guarantees an evening of spirited and exciting entertainment that leaves the audience on its feet pleading for more.

Sherrie Maricle, drummer
For musician Sherrie Maricle, her drum set is a real-life metaphor of her career. Just as playing the drums requires coordinating four limbs at the same time, Maricle's career coordinates successes as a jazz artist, composer, teacher and music director.
From the drum set Maricle leads her big band The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, her quintet FIVE PLAY, and The DIVA Jazz Trio. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and serves as the orchestra's Director of Education. As a teacher she runs a private drum set and percussion studio and is also a conductor for The New York Summer Festival. Sherrie is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. She is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger in both the classical and jazz mediums.
With her three bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world's most acclaimed music venues and major jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood and was presented on the television special The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration. In 2009 Sherrie and her trio were guests on Marin McPartland's world-renowned NPR show Piano Jazz, and this year The DIVA Jazz Orchestra will be prominently featured in a documentary film entitled The Girls in the Band.
As a composer, performer and educator, Sherrie has received several honors which include The Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award from The Kennedy Center (2009), a tour grant from Arts International, The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts, a grant from Meet the Composer, a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University, and selection as the New York University Music "Teacher of the Year" in both 1997 and 2000.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Binghamton University Sherrie moved to New York City and attended New York University where she completed a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance in 1986 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition in 2000.
In addition to DIVA recording—The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio have released a total of sixteen CD—, some of Maricle's additional recording credits include The Time Being, Cookin' on All Burners, Dedication, Sherrie Maricle and Friends "LIVE", and numerous compact discs with The New York Pops.

Tomoko Ohno (piano) was born in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Rikkyo University in Law and Politics, Ms. Ohno moved to the US and entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in New Jersey. A recipient of the Student Award of Outstanding Performance and a member of the Dean’s List, Ms. Ohno graduated with a BA in Jazz Studies. Tomoko has released three CDs, Powder Blue, Affirmation and Natural Woman on the Tokuma Japan label. She also has two albums, Shadows of Spring andTomoko Ohno in Buenos Aires on MDR records in Argentina. Her latest piano/Spanish guitar duet album, From Tokyo to Buenos Aires, was released in 2011. Ms. Ohnoreceived a grant from The Meet The Composer Foundation, and commissioned works include pieces written for the Englewinds Chamber Ensemble.

Noriko Ueda (bass) is originally from Hyogo, Japan and currently residents in Brooklyn, NY. Her musical background consists of studying classical piano since the age of 4, playing electric bass since the age of 16, studying classical voice at the Osaka College of Music where she received a diploma, and finally started playing the upright bass at age 19, which is currently her main instrument. She was a B.E.S.T. scholarship recipient and majored in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated in 1997 and relocated to NYC. She has performed and toured with various groups including the legendary Frank Wess Quintet and Nonet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Five Play and Diva Jazz Trio, and she leads her own big band, Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra, which performs her original compositions and arrangement. She is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece Castle in the North (2002).

Sharel Cassity (Lead Alto Saxophone) is based in New York City whereshe is acomposer, bandleader, educator and recording artist. Besides performing with her own band,she is currently working with some of the top bands in the industry including the Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Sextet & Big Band, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band & Nicholas Payton TSO. In addition, Cassity has performed alongside artists such as Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Natalie Cole, Joe Chambers, Wycliffe Gordon & Seth MacFarlane. Recently this Juilliard graduate (2007) was voted "RisingStar Alto Saxophone" in DownBeat magazine during 2010, 2011& 2012 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011. Her recent release, "Relentless" (Jazz Legacy Productions), received a four star review in DownBeat Magazine and is available on iTunes and distributed internationally by Allegro.

Leigh Pilzer (Alto Saxophone 2) is a member of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. She is a versatile freelancer, performing with groups ranging from the National Symphony Orchestra to her own quintet, co-led with trombonist Jennifer Krupa. Leigh is an accomplished arranger, and has taught Jazz Theory, Jazz Arranging, and Jazz History at University of Maryland and Towson University. She holds a B.M. in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee and M.M.s in Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance from University of Maryland.

Janelle Reichman (Tenor Saxophone 1 and Clarinet) plays music ranging from New Orleans jazz and bluegrass to Klezmer and Arabic classical music. Her talent and versatility has given her the opportunity to perform all over the world with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Les Paul, and Anne Hampton Callaway, among many others. A Michigan native, Janelle first came to NYC to study at the Manhattan School of Music, and won a downbeat jazz award in 2005. Her debut album, released in 2011, entitled Middleground, has received rave reviews. Janelle continues to perform both with her own group and as a side-woman all over Brooklyn, the US, and the world.

Scheila Gonzalez (Tenor Saxophone 2) hails from Lod Angeles, CA andhas toured the world as a member of the highly acclaimed group, Zappa Plays Zappa. She has garnered rave reviews as a multi-instrumentalist (sax, keys, flute, vocals) and earned a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. This versatile artist and educator has performed and recorded with artists such as Rod Stewart, Sheila E., Lionel Hampton, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Gwen Stefani, Garth Brooks, Ray Parker Jr., Billy Preston, Richie Garcia, Luis Conte, Joe Satriani, Terry Bozzio, Alex Acuna, T.I., The Temptations and The Four Tops. Some of her television appearances include American Idol, The Tonight Show, Regis & Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the BET Music Awards, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson's Late, Late Show, and the Christopher Guest film For Your Consideration. When not on tour, Scheila maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician.

Lisa Parrott (Baritone Saxophone) hails from Australia. She is a composer & woodwind player. She moved to New York in 1993 after receiving grants to study with saxophonists/composers Steve Coleman and Lee Konitz. She received recognition for her baritone saxophone playing in the 69thAnnual Downbeat Readers Poll in which she placed 5th.She has played on around 40 different recordings as a leader and is an in-demand side person, performing worldwide at festivals & concert halls with diverse musicians such as Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Gunther Schuller, Joe Temperley & Marty Ehrlich’s Large Ensemble. Lisa currently plays the baritone saxophone chair in The DIVA JazzOrchestra, leads her own trio, co-leads a quartet with her sister Nicki Parrott, and enjoys a busy freelance career in NYC.

Liesl Whitker (Lead Trumpet) was the lead playe rwith The US "Army Blues" from 2000 - 2012, andis the first woman to win a lead chair in any of the premier US military jazz ensembles. She currently plays lead trumpet with The US Army's "Jazz Ambassadors" and is the first trumpet player (male or female) to win the lead chair in both premier jazz ensembles of The US Army. She attended Appalachian State University and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music before beginning a career in New York City. Liesl has appeared in numerous Broadway pit orchestras and has performed and recorded with the Ed Palermo Big Band, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. Additionally, she is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in Washington, DC. She currently resides in Maryland with her two children.

Jami Dauber (Trumpet 2) earned a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and was the first female trumpet player in the world-renowned One O'clock Lab Band. Her Bachelor's degree is in Music Education from the University of Florida. Jami moved to New York City in 1994, joined The DIVA Jazz Orchestra in early 1995 and took over managerial duties in 2004. Jami enjoys an active freelance career, including appearing in numerous Broadway pit orchestras, performing with the Christian McBride Big Band, and the Ellington Legacy. Jami’s discography includes DIVA and FIVE PLAY recordings, Carols for a Cure (Broadway, 2012), and Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa.

Carol Morgan (Trumpet 3) is a jazz trumpeter, composer, and author who resides in NYC. Originally from Texas, she is a Juilliard graduate who has worked with many remarkable teachers including Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, Ingrid Jensen, and Dennis Dotson. Her fall of 2011, Blue Bamboo Music, Inc. release Blue Glass Music with Joel Frahm, Martin Wind and Matt Wilson received a 4 1/2 star review in DownBeat magazine. Other session work includes solo outings, Opening, Classic Morgana and Passing Time with the Carol Morgan Quintet, as well as filling side-person roles on releases by The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, NPR's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, Thomas Helton, Henry Darragh and Calvin Owens. In 2008, Carol authored what is now a highly-regarded method for jazz improvisation--a textbook entitled The Practicing Improviser which is available for purchase at her website:

Nadje Noordhuis's (Trumpet 4) journey has taken her from a youth spent studying classical music in her native Australia to a headlong dive into the world of jazz that has earned her acclaim in the music’s mecca, New York. She was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010. Noordhuis is a member of several big bands, includingthe Diva Jazz Orchestra,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra. As a composer, Noordhuis has been commissioned by the Sydney-based Baroque ensemble ThoroughBass and the new music ensemble ExhAust, and was awarded a small ensemble commission at the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT).Noordhuis’ long-awaited self-titled debut album was released on October 9, 2012 on Little Mystery Records.

Deborah Weisz (Lead Trombone) From playing in the Sahara Desert, with Roswell Rudd, to touring the world with Frank Sinatra; trombonist and award-winning composer Deborah Weisz’s life in music has been filled with diversity. Originally from Chicago, Deborah has lived in New York City since 1993, performing a variety of commercial, classical & jazz music, while exploring the post-bop and beyond realms with her own groups. Along with her work as a performer and composer, Deborah also works as an educator, giving back and sharing her love of music with students. She is currently adjunct faculty at WCSU in Danbury, CT, teaching Jazz Trombone, Jazz Combo & Jazz Composition & Arranging. Deborah has a M.A. in Music Composition from NYU and a B.A. in Music Performance from UNLV.

Jennifer Krupa (Trombone 2), originally from Hemet, Calif., and now living in Washington, plays trombone in the United States Navy Band Commodores. In addition, she is a member of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and her own group, JLQ (with fellow DIVA member, Leigh Pilzer). Krupa has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, and others. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Florida, an Artist's Diploma from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland.

Leslie Havens (Bass Trombone) is an active freelancer in the Boston area and has toured extensively with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Paul Anka and the Tommy Dorsey Band. In addition to DIVA recordings, Leslie has recorded CDs with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Jeff Holmes Big Band, Artie Barsamian's Boston Big Band, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Quintessential Brass, and Dan Gable and the Abletones. Leslie has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Barnum and Bailey's Circus, the Monarch Brass Ensemble, the Boston Brass Ensemble, and many other groups. She has also performed with Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, the O'Jays, Bernadette Peters, Kenny Rogers, Arturo Sandoval, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and others. Leslie teaches private brass lessons at several Boston area public schools.

Brown University Jazz Band, Matthew McGarrell, director
Jazz at Brown has a history as old as the style itself. Alumni who played with earlier Brown jazz groups include Red Balaban, '51, former owner of Eddie Condon's and Jimmy Ryan's Jazz Clubs in New York, trombonist Stan Vincent, '57' of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. In recent years the jazz program at Brown has grown to include instrumental instruction, courses in history, transcription and analysis, composition and arranging, and improvisation, an fifteen member big band, and five combos, all available for academic credit. Jazz musicians of the highest caliber such as Associate Professor Dana Gooley, Ed Tomassi, Ron SanFilippo, Paul Mason, Dave Zinno, Bill Vint, Paul Kolesnikow, Francisco Pais Cardoso, and Yvonne Monnett teach these courses and offer private instruction in our Applied Music Program.
Central to the jazz program is the fifteen-member big band. It consists of five woodwind players (who play saxophones most of the time), seven brass players (four trumpets and three trombones), and a "rhythm section" of piano, bass, and drums. This arrangement of musicians has been the traditional jazz "big band" format since the days of the great Ellington, Basie and Goodman bands in the 1930s. The band's repertoire has included classic jazz pieces by such composers as Duke Ellington (at a 1990 collaborative retrospective of Ellington's music with the Brown Dance Extension) as well as modern jazz works by Thad Jones, Herbie Hancock, Bob Minzer, Dave Holland and Toshiko Akiyoshi. World class musicians such as James Moody, Carl Fontana, Gerald Wilson, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Dick Hyman, Annie Ross, Tito Puente, Joe Henderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Slide Hampton, Gary Burton, Phil Markowitz, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Ingrid Jensen, Conrad Herwig, Anat Cohen, Dave Pietro, Rick Margitza, Eldar Djangirov and Gerry Mulligan have performed with the Brown Jazz Band in concerts on campus and in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, New York (in Carnegie Hall), London and in Tokyo (at Suntory Hall), Hiroshima, Gotenba, Japan, as well as Amsterdam (at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the renowned jazz club Bimhuis) and in Madrid, Spain (at the jazz club Clamores, and at the Unversidad de Alcala de Heneres). In recent years, the Jazz Band has traveled to Dublin, Ireland, Rome, Italy, Coimbra, Portugal, and Reykjavik, Iceland.


Matthew McGarrell
Matthew McGarrell is the Director of Bands and Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band he teaches courses in music theory, jazz history and transcription & analysis of jazz and is the Advisor to the Brown Band. Raised in New Hampshire, he is a graduate of the Loyola University College of Music in New Orleans where he studied trombone with Richard Erb. Prior to his appointment at Brown in 1984, he performed with professional orchestras and jazz bands (including the New Orleans Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and the New Orleans Saints Stadium Jazz Band) and taught at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University. He has adjudicated and guest conducted high school and college wind groups in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal and Japan. McGarrell's professional affiliations include the New England College Band Association, The College Band Directors National Association and the International Percy Grainger Society of which he is a member of the Board of Trustees. During his recent sabbatic leave (January - August 2003), McGarrell was living in Portugal where he played trombone with the Banda Filarmónica de Covões.  He is currently preparing editions of Portuguese band music collected in Portugal for performance by American bands.
Matt performs with, collects music for editing from and contributes to several Portuguese bands in the United States and Portugal, including Banda do Clube Juventude Lusitana (Cumberland, RI), Sociedade Filarmónica de Covões (Cantanhede, Portugal), and Banda Musical e Recreativa de Penalva do Castelo (Viseu, Portugal).


Tracy McMullen
Tracy McMullen is a saxophonist and composer in the jazz and experimental music traditions. She received her Ph.D. in Music from UC San Diego in December 2007 and then held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice” (ICASP) research initiative at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. From 2011 to 2012 she was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the University of Southern California. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Current Musicology; Critical Studies in Improvisation; Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies; People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now; Sounding the Body: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity; The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies; The Dictionary of African American Music; and The Grove Dictionary of American Music. As a saxophonist she has recorded on Cadence Jazz and numerous other independent labels, performing with Anthony Davis, Pauline Oliveros, George Lewis, Mark Dresser, Dana Reason and many others. An Assistant Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, McMullen's general areas of research are race, gender, class, and other identity markers, and musical performance; American music and culture; cultural memory; identity and improvisation; jazz; popular music; twentieth and twenty-first century Western "art music"; and musical re-enactment. Her forthcoming book, Replay: Repetition and Identity Compulsion from ABBA to Zizek (solicited by Duke University Press) examines the growth of live musical re-enactment in relation to postmodern anxieties about impermanence and intersubjectivity. Her second major project forms a response to Replay and examines improvisation as an alternative model for negotiating identity, suggesting a theorization of an improvisative, rather than a performative.