Jazz Summit 2014 Grand Finale Concert set for Feb. 22 at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2014-02-10 09:50:55 - General

Accomplished guest artists Sherrie Maricle and Tanya Darby from the award-winning DIVA musical ensembles will be featured at the 2014 Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, more than 80 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in the Jazz Summit. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

Tickets to the concert are available at the door or by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

The Grand Finale concert is the climax of a three-day jazz festival and seminar, held Feb. 20 - 22. Events held annually include concerts, workshops and a jazz band competition with awards. In its 23rd year, this festival has grown to include more than 2,000 musicians from across the Midwest.

Along with the guest artists, the concert will feature the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley.

Sherrie Maricle, drummer and leader of DIVA, will be featured on two classics from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, "Back Bone" and "Big Dipper." One of these composers has a special relationship with the artist, as Lewis was Maricle's drum set teacher. In addition, Maricle will be featured on the DIVA arrangement "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" by Duke Ellington and Peggy Lee. Fellow DIVA musician Tanya Darby will be featured on trumpet on the same pieces and will also be featured on "Long Yellow Road" by legendary female jazz composer Toshiko Akiyoshi.

The Coe College Jazz Ensemble will be featured on the Cole Porter classic "Just One of Those Things," "That Warm Feeling" from the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington's "Portrait of Louis Armstrong," and "Limehouse Blues," arranged by Paul Clark. Clark is one of the best-selling composers of jazz music. He will also be judging the Jazz Summit this year, and he lives in Center Point, Iowa.

Jazz Summit

Held annually the last weekend in February, the Jazz Summit features appearances by leading jazz musicians. The Jazz Summit was founded in 1992 and continues a tradition of jazz festivals at Coe College that stretches back to the 1970s. The festival has grown from an afternoon event with an evening concert to a three-day festival encompassing clinics, workshops, a jazz band competition, an awards ceremony, and the Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensemble from Coe and performances by the guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2014 is sponsored by the Coe College Music Department, Friends of Music at Coe and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The Jazz Summit administrators are Coe Professor of Music William Carson, Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley and Chelsea Dunn, class of 2010.

For more information, call 319-399-8600.

Additional information about the 2014 Jazz Summit guest artists is as follows:

Guest artist Sherrie Maricle

Sherrie Maricle
photo by Bill Westmoreland

For musician Sherrie Maricle, her drum set is a real-life metaphor for 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, music director and teacher.

From the drum set Maricle leads her big band DIVA, her quintet FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and from celebrated stages everywhere, she is the music director for Broadway star Maurice Hines. As a teacher, Maricle has created and runs the Musical Magic hospital outreach program for The Ronald McDonald House in New York. She also operates a private drum set and percussion studio, serves as a conductor for The New York Summer Festival and is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. Maricle is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger.

With her three bands, Maricle has performed at many of the world's most acclaimed music venues and major jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad. DIVA has been featured on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood and was presented on the televised 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center. In 2009, Maricle and her trio were guests on Marian McPartland's world-renowned NPR Show "Piano Jazz," and in 2012 DIVA was featured prominently in the award-winning film "The Girls in the Band."

Maricle has received several awards and honors that include the 2009 Mary Lou Williams-Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2013 State Department grant for FIVE PLAY to tour Vietnam, 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, the 2006 New York City Music Educator's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Music Education, and she was selected 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, Maricle 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.

DIVA's most recent recording "Johnny Mandel, A Man and His Music," released in March 2011, was recorded live from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. DIVA, FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio have released a total of 20 CDs. Some of Maricle's additional recording credits include "The Time Being," "Cookin' on All Burners," and "Sherrie Maricle and Friends 'LIVE.'"

Guest artist Tanya Darby

Tanya Darby
photo courtesy Jazzvox.com

By the age of 12, Tanya Darby was already expressing the elements of a mature jazz player. An awestruck audience at the Monterey Jazz Festival soon welcomed this young talent annually and could count on hearing her with the festival's elite. After being invited to perform with the Festival All-Star Band several times, she was a celebrity with jazz aficionados throughout Japan and the West Coast.

Playing lead trumpet with the Grammy All-Star Band brought Darby to the East Coast, where she soon after received her bachelor's in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She received various awards and accolades in recognition of her talents including the Jon Faddis Award for Musical Excellence for Most Promising Jazz Trumpet Talent of the Year. Darby gained notoriety for her soulful style and began freelancing throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Darby has performed with such artists as Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diane Reeves, Ramsey Lewis, Slide Hampton and many others. She has appeared on the television show "BET on Jazz" as part of the T.S. Monk Sextet and performed with Aretha Franklin as part of the Arista Records "Twenty-five Year Anniversary Special" on NBC.

As a member of DIVA since 1997, Darby has performed with such guest artists as Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schurr and Dave Brubeck. Their international tours have brought them to such venues as the Blue Note, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Room in Paris, Teatro de Sistina in Rome and Carnegie Hall.

Darby can be heard on Bobby Sanabria's Grammy-nominated recording, "Live & In Clave" (recorded at Birdland), which was voted One of the Top Five Albums of the Year by Jazz Times as well as Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Other recordings include DIVA's "I Believe in You" and commercial studio work.

In addition to a busy performing career, Darby is active behind the scenes as a producer and writer for various artists. She also maintains a studio of private students.