National Artist Spotlight: Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That’s The DIVA Jazz Orchestra – an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women. They can’t help it – they were born that way.

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 home base, DIVA performs the world over, 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.

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. Here is but a partial list: Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, Kennedy Center, 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 those 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 the 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; Bogotá 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, the ensemble has 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 lincoln center

DIVA proudly boasts of a very impressive series of recordings, most recent of which is Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, featuring Carmen Bradford. The industry-applauded TNT – Tommy Newsom Tribute – a compilation of charts the late Mr. Newsom arranged exclusively for the band, was released in 2005. Other CD’s include Live in Concert, I Believe in You, Leave It To DIVA and Something’s Coming.

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.

Check out DIVA’s  CD  “LIVE” and SWINGIN’ with Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw!

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Address: 1 River Place, Suite 817, New York, NY 10036







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Tulsa Jazz.Com’s Jazz Legend Spotlight: Walter ‘Foots’ Thomas

Walter “Foots” Thomas
February 10, 1907 – August 26, 1981

Reed specialist, arranger and sometimes bandleader Walter “Foots” Thomas retired from fulltime playing in 1948, then became a professional manager whose specialty could easily have been coaching players on the art of amassing discographies capable of encircling Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza. Thomas hailed from Muskogee, Oklahoma, a point of interest in connection with country and western star Merle Haggard’s famous lyric, “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee.” Nonetheless, one of Muskogee native Thomas’ most famous sideman affiliations was with Cab Calloway of “Reefer Man” fame. This artist is the brother of Joe Thomas, also a noted classic jazz reed player who eventually took over the Jimmie Lunceford band. Older than his brother by a year, Walter Thomas began playing with local bands as a college student. He moved to New York City in 1927 and began working with the famed Jelly Roll Morton less than a year later.

Thomas joined the The Missourians in 1929 after short stints in bands led by Luis Russell and Joe Steele. The Missourians provided the contact with Calloway, who eventually took over that band. With and without Calloway, Thomas was involved with this outfit through 1943. Calloway sidemen were said to have received some of the best salaries in jazz, perhaps one reason for loyalty. Thomas finally began playing with Don Redman by 1944, then led his own band for a bit less than half a decade before moving into management. Firmly associated with swing styles, Thomas made one of his finest recordings near the end of his playing career when combined with the rootsy yet always forward-looking tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Thomas gave saxophone lessons to the late Jackie McLean, a brilliant bebop and modern jazz alto saxophonist. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi



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Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland Performing at Bluestone Steakhouse October 14th and 15th


It has been and continues to be an honor for us at Tulsa Jazz to work with and represent Angie Cockrell. She is warm, genuine, professional and a fabulous singer, we look forward to many more years together.

You have the opportunity to see this wonderful lady perform with the incomparable Mike Leland every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 pm-9 pm, at Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood.
Angie and Mike will be  performing some of your most beloved traditional jazz tunes, and treat you to some of their favorites while you partake of Bluestones delicious menu offerings and extensive wine selection.


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Good food, good wine, and good music, all in the wonderful atmosphere that is Bluestone, sounds like the ingredients for a fantastic evening…Enjoy.


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These shows are a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.


Wednesday October 14th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Thursday October 15th, 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

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National Artist Spotlight: Jazz Clarinetist Anat Cohen

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Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number.AnatCohen_depth1

With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. In September 2012, Anzic Records releases her sixth album as a bandleader, Claroscuro.The album ranges from buoyant dances to darkly lyrical ballads, drawing inspiration from New Orleans and New York, Africa and Brazil. In its ebullient, irresistible variety, Claroscuro encapsulates the description Jazz Police offered of Anat in full flight: “She becomes a singer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” Claroscuro takes its title from the Spanish word describing the play of light and shade (chiaroscuro in Italian).

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Harold Sanditen Performs at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.



Transplanted Tulsan Harold Sanditen

Brings British Cabaret to the Jazz Depot

Harold Sanditen, who grew up in Tulsa, did his first solo cabaret show in 2008, following a long run as a theatrical producer in both New York and London. He debuted his cabaret act in New York, then took it to London; its success marked the beginning of a new career for the former investment banker, who now creates and performs in a new UK production of his own just about every year.

Until now, however, he’s never played before his hometown audience – unless you count his 1973 star turn as Prince Dauntless the Drab in the Memorial High School production of Once Upon A Mattress.

All of that changes on Saturday, November 30, when Sanditen plans to present a selection of songs from his latest CD, Shades of Blue, as well as numbers from his brand-new show, Full Circle, at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot.

“I’ve been wanting to do Tulsa for a long, long time,” he says. “I was never really sure what the right venue was. Then when I was there, in March of this year, we saw Cynthia Simmons at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and I liked the room. I looked at a few other places where you can set up a performance space, but I didn’t see anything I liked as much. Harold Sanditen Poster sm

“I’m thrilled to finally be making my Tulsa debut at the Jazz Depot, and I feel like it’s a terrific homecoming with the wonderful response I’ve had so far.”

Full Circle was set to premiere in London November 23, only a week before his hometown engagement.

“It’s all songs from the ’60s and ’70s that were instrumental to me when I was growing up,” he says of Full Circle. “It’s a very personal show, and singing those songs brings backs floods of memories from Tulsa – which is making me all the more eager to get to Tulsa.”

At the Jazz Depot, he adds, “I’ll do one set of selections from the CD Shades of Blue and another from Full Circle, which takes me back to my days in Tulsa. That way, it’ll be much more personal. There’s a little bit of overlap between those two anyway, with songs like `Landslide’ and `Moondance.'”

While those two numbers were big hits – by, respectively, Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison – patrons shouldn’t expect straight re-creations from Sanditen. His art goes much deeper than that, as he often changes tempo and lyrical emphasis in order to give listeners a fresh, deeper look at familiar tunes.

“I love it when I hear people say that, because that’s what I try to do,” he says, adding an example.Harold Sanditen - photo credit, Jack Ladenburg 7-w829-h600

“In a previous show I did called Thoughts Around Midnight, I sang [the Beatles’] `We Can Work It Out.’ When you think of that song, it has a very pop beat to it. But when you think about the lyric, the first lyric is, `Try to see it my way, do I have to keep on talking ’til I can’t go on?’ It’s a fight, basically.

“So I got the idea to start the song as a fight. In the show, it starts out as a fight, and there’s a journey this person goes through, seeing that, well, he’s a [jerk]. `If you don’t see it my way, it’s the highway. You don’t have any say-so.’ And I’ve had so many people say to me that they never actually listened to the words of that song so much before. I love it when I hear that.”

In addition to classic pop songs, Sanditen laughingly confesses a fondness for performing what he terms “slit-your-wrist” ballads.

“You can really get swept away in their emotions, you know,” he says. “You listen to the audience, and you could hear a pin drop.”

However, he’s learned not to perform too many of those at one time.

“I did a medley of three songs, `Besame Mucho’ followed by [Jacques Brel’s] `Ne Me Quitte Pas,’ followed by `With Every Breath I Take’ from [the musical] City ofAngels, and it was one downer after another,” says Sanditen, laughing again. “I don’t do that so much any more. It’s too taxing for the audience.”

Harold Sanditen is set to begin at 8:00p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at theOklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First Street. Tickets can be purchased at the depot, from, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15, VIP reserved table seating, which includes a poster and autographed CD, is $40.


The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fameis a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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Recognize any of these folks?

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These are just a few of the artists who perform regularly in and around the Tulsa area. We at Tulsa Jazz  would like to take this opportunity to thank you for coming out and supporting live music, it is because of you that Tulsa has one of the most active, organized, and thriving jazz markets in the country.

New venues are opening in and around the city and many of them are requesting Jazz artists for their live music, and with places like the Guthrie Green and Festivals like the Center of the Universe the opportunity for you to enjoy this great music is abundant!

Thank you again for being a part of and supporting the jazz community, we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming live event.


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National Artist Spotlite: Marianne Solivan Jazz Vocalist

Marianne Solivan

Quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about jazz singers on the New York scene, Marianne Solivan does not remember an “ah-ha” moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to: “I don’t recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it.”

It is that same simplicity of statement with its intrinsic honesty that characterizes Solivan’s style. The infallible swing of Ella, the daring of Betty Carter, the matter-of factness of Carmen McCrae…They can all be found in the voice of Marianne Solivan, whom trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has called “the modern-day paradigm to which all singers should aspire.”

Click here to listen to Marianne in a conversation on Coffee Talk Jazz Radio with host Ms. Bridgette Lewis

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