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Live recording to mark Tannery Pond’s benefit gala

Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

— The Tannery Pond Community Center Association will host its 11th Anniversary Benefit Gala Saturday, June 22, featuring a live recording of Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

The festivities will include wine, after-dinner treats, a silent auction offering a wide variety of items from regional artists and businesses, and dancing with the DIVAs. The live recording is at 4-6 p.m. and dancing starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

For details and ticket information, visit online at www.tpcca.org or call the Tannery Pond Community Center at 251-2505.

When the DIVAs came to North Creek on Nov. 16 and 17 Tannery Pond’s two-day celebration honoring its volunteers, Sherrie Maricle announced that the band wanted to do a live recording in the acoustically magnificent hall and to contribute all the proceeds to the Tannery Pond Community Center Association. On Saturday, June 22, 2013 they will be here to celebrate TPCC’s 11th Anniversary and fulfill their most generous offer.

DIVA Jazz Orchestra

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble of 15 versatile musicians who just happen to be women.

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 toward 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. The search was on and through nationwide auditions, the foundation for The DIVA Jazz Orchestra was poured in 1992 and what emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day.

This year marks The DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s 20th anniversary season.

For more information about the band, visit online at www.divajazz.com.

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