May 13, 2011 Russ Tarby Uncategorized
The DIVA Jazz Orchestra headlines Liverpool High School’s 14th annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. Friday May 13 at the high-school auditorium, 4340 Wetzel Road in Clay. Admission costs $10, or $8 for students and seniors; 453-1500, ext. 4026.
The 15-piece, all-female big band is led by swing drummer Sherrie Maricle Bern. Also performing will be the LHS Stage Band and the LHS Jazz Ensemble.
With New York City as its home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing big band tunes arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. The band’s most recent disc is Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, featuring vocalist Carmen Bradford.
In reviewing a live DIVA concert, Jazz Times raved, “The band punched, kicked, roared and swung with a disciplined abandon and an unaffected joie de vivre.”