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Five Play: Live at the Deer Head Inn

Read "Live at the Deer Head Inn" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

I haven't been to the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania in years. But if I make it there, I hope to time my visit to coincide with Five Play at theDeer Head Inn, which bills itself as the “oldest continuously running jazz club in the country." Long may it prosper, for there are good musical things ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Band Ambition: Sherrie Maricle and Diva

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In the iconic photo A Great Day in Harlem (1958), bandleader and pianist Count Basie has taken a seat on the curb. Eleven neighborhood kids and one ringer, Taft Jordan Jr, are seated single file to Basie's right. Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams stand behind the kids, chatting. They are bookended, appropriately, by Oscar Pettiford ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

The Girls in the Band

Read "The Girls in the Band" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

The Girls in the Band Collective Eye (Educational version) 2011 That there are problems of race and gender in the history of American jazz comes as no surprise. Music, and popular music (as swing was in the 1930s and 1940s), is a part of everyday life. Why should jazz be any ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Notable and Nearly Missed 2014

Read "Notable and Nearly Missed 2014" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

As I have grown older, I have come to the startling and disheartening realization that I will not be able to read all the books there are, and, more importantly, listen to all the music there is (much less write about it). I otherwise appreciate a finite lifespan, but not when it comes to books and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

DIVA: A Swingin' Life

Read "A Swingin' Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As if being the premier all-female big band on the planet weren't enough, DIVA has enlisted the services of two purebred divas--Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw--to enrich its latest album, A Swingin' Life, recorded live at Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (November 2011) and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center (September 2012). ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diva: A Swingin' Life

Read "A Swingin' Life" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Back in 1967, Buddy Rich was one of the headliners on a summer replacement television broadcast for “The Jackie Gleason Show." If I remember correctly, the show's theme, which Rich and the band did was “Away We Go." It was subsequently released on a Pacific Jazz record The New One. Why is it that the opening ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diva: A Swingin' Life

Read "A Swingin' Life" reviewed by Edward Blanco

What do you get when you have fifteen talented and swinging female jazz musicians in an orchestral setting? The answer, drummer Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra offering A Swingin' Life as proof that hard-charging big band music is not the exclusivity of the male gender. Building upon the work of more than a dozen ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA

Read "The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's an interesting phenomenon how certain families enter and distinguish themselves in this marvelous world of jazz--The Joneses, Heaths, Candolis, Royals, Breckers, Mangiones, and others. Over the last five decades--even many more if one goes farther back to when they were young children playing in the family band with Mom and Pop--the La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sophisticated Ladies: A True Story

Read "A True Story" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bordeaux-based Sophisticated Ladies joins an illustrious tradition of female jazz group that stretches back several decades to include International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Beryl Booker's Diva trio and its offshoot, Five Play, as well as Japan's Groovin' Girls trio. Elegant and understated interpretations of standards and chansons, often with Latin hints, make up the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Diva Jazz Orchestra and Johnny Mandel at Dizzy's Club, NYC

Read "The Diva Jazz Orchestra and Johnny Mandel at Dizzy's Club, NYC" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Diva Jazz Orchestra Dizzy's Club Coca Cola New York, New York May 26, 2010 While The Diva Jazz Orchestra often gets press that relates to their status as an all-female big band, gender is irrelevant when discussing their musical acumen. Drummer Sherrie Maricle and company have proven themselves time and ...


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