Fiercely swinging, on purpose, with purpose, this powerhouse trio plays original, traditional and contemporary standards from all genres of music. Their unique style and innovative arrangements are always super-charged by their boundless musical joy.
Sherrie, Amy, and Jackie met in May of 2014 at the Cleveland Playhouse while playing in The DIVA Jazz Orchestra as part of Maurice Hines’ award-winning show Tappin’ Thru Life. From their first shared downbeat, they became kindred-swinging spirits and the resulting musical synergy was fast and fierce...or as the New York Times said…"Blistering Hot!"
Since its inception, the trio has played at many of the country’s most prestigious venues including:
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (NYC,) Mezzrow (NYC,) New World Stages (NYC,) Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC,) National Sculpture Gardens (D.C.,) Washington Women in Jazz Festival (D.C.,) the Cleveland Playhouse (Clvd, Oh) Tri-C Jazz Festival (Clvd, Oh,) Blu Jazz (Akron, Oh) The Bop-Stop (Clvd, Oh) Nighttown (Clvd, Oh.,)The Delaware Theater Company (Wilmington, DE,) True Blue Jazz Festival (Rehoboth Beach, DE.,) World Café Live (Phila, PA) Maple City Jazz Festival (Honesdale, PA,) The Deer Head Inn (DWG, PA,) COTA Jazz Festival (DWG, PA,) South (Phila, PA) and The Penn’s Landing Playhouse (Phila. PA.) They were featured on The Kate TV’s “live” music series with Maurice Hines (PBS) and twice on WVIA radio’s Homegrown Music Series.
Jackie, Amy, and Sherrie are also dedicated and enthusiastic educators. In 2019 the group received a rousing standing ovation as they headlined the opening performance at Jazz Educator’s Network Conference in Reno, NV. They were recently guest soloists with the Binghamton University Jazz ensemble (NY); and they’ve presented workshops and clinics at numerous high schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. This summer they will serve as artists-in-residence at Maryland Summer Jazz in Rockville, MD.
The 3D Jazz Trio’s most prestigious honor to date was being invited to perform at legendary music icon Nancy Wilson’s 80th Birthday Party. It was held on February 20, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California. We performed at the request of Ms. Wilson herself.
The band’s self-entitled CD was released in 2016 and recorded “live” at WVIA Radio in Pittston, PA.
From the drum set Sherrie leads The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, her quintet FIVE PLAY and co-leads the 3Divas. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and from celebrated stages everywhere, she is music director and drummer for Broadway star Maurice Hines. Sherrie is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger.
With her bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world’s most acclaimed music venues and festivals; from Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, to Jazz Festivals in Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Ireland, England, Croatia, Japan, Vietnam and Israel and beyond. Additionally, DIVA was featured at the 2017 NEA Jazz Master’s Awards Ceremony, the soundtrack for the NBC-Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular; on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, on TCM’s televised broadcast of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center and NHK Japan’s New York Jazz. The band also co-stars in the award-winning documentary film The Girls in the Band.
Sherrie has received several awards and honors which include a 2014 Ovation award for “Best Music Direction” in Tappin Through Life; 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 New York City Music Educator’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and was twice selected New York University “Music Teacher of the Year.”
As an educator, Sherrie runs a private drum set and percussion studio. She is also a clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. On a national level, she has served as guest conductor, soloist and adjudicator for many collegiate and high school jazz and All-State festivals. Sherrie also created and directs Musical Magic, a hospital outreach program for The Ronald McDonald House – New York.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Binghamton University Sherrie 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.
The DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Project (2018, ArtistShare) is the band’s most recent Cd, featuring original music composed by band members. In 2019 FIVE PLAY released “LIVE” at The Firehouse Stage (independent) and in 2016 the 3Divas recorded their self-titled inaugural Cd (independent) “LIVE” at WVIA Radio in Pittston, PA.
Please visit Sherrie and her bands on their websites and all major social media outlets.
Amy Shook is one of the most in-demand acoustic bassists in the mid- Atlantic, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. In addition to being a premier performing and recording artist, she is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator. Amy co- leads the Shook/Russo 4tet, a band she started in 2004 with her husband, tenor saxophonist Pat Shook, and drummer Frank Russo. Along with their guitarist Jonathan Epley, the SR4tet’s focus has always been to compose and perform their own original music within the jazz idiom, honoring the masters by carrying on the tradition. The result is an incredible and unique sound, and a whirlwind of grooves, melodies, and diverse textures that are a true delight to hear. In 2017, Amy (with the SR5tet, which included trumpeter Tim Leahey) was a featured artist for the D.C. Jazz Festival’s “Bass-ically Yours” series at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, celebrating D.C.’s premier jazz bassists. The SR4tet currently has two CDs on Summit Records featuring Greg Gisbert, and their newest release will be available in 2019.
Amy also co-leads the all-women powerhouse trio the 3Divas, with drummer Sherrie Maricle and pianist Jackie Warren. 3Divas is the superswingin’ trio that sparked the fire that ignited the award-winning show Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, described by the New York Times as “blistering hot.” In 2017, 3Divas eagerly awaited debut CD, simply titled 3Divas, was met with widespread critical acclaim. 3D is also featured on baritone saxophonist Leigh Pilzer’s debut CD, Strunkin’, recorded live at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in March 2016, and released in October 2016. The 3D Jazz Trio’s most prestigious honor to date was being invited to perform at legendary music icon Nancy Wilson’s 80th Birthday Party, held on February 20, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, CA, performing at the request of Ms. Wilson herself. 3D was also featured on The Kate TV’s “live” music series with Maurice Hines (on PBS), and twice on WVIA radio’s Homegrown Music Series.
Additionally, Amy also performs regularly with the Fred Hughes Trio, and has recorded three critically acclaimed albums with the trio (Love Letters, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and Matrix). Amy holds two bachelor's degrees (violin performance and composition) and a master's degree (violin performance) from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.
Amy has performed with Maurice Hines in Maurice Hines’ Tappin Thru Life, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Larry Willis, Greg Gisbert, George Mesterhazy, Wessell Anderson, Ali Ryerson, Wycliffe Gordon, Walt Weiskopf, Tim Warfield, Suede, Giacomo Gates, Steve Nelson, Lewis Nash, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble to name a few. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center Damrosch Park, National Gallery Of Art Sculpture Gardens, Birchmere, Arena Stage, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Delaware Theater Company, off-Broadway at New World Stages in NYC, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, the D.C. Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, COTA Jazz Festival, the Cape May Jazz Festival, and the True Blue Jazz Festival, and performed at the White House twice in 2009 by special invitation. For more information, please visit www.amyshook.com.
A native of Colorado, pianist Jackie Warren originally came to Ohio upon the recommendations of her teachers Patricia Warren, Myra Boitos, Charles Day, and Steve Barta to study classical piano at Oberlin Conservatory with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, where she graduated with a B.M. in performance. While at Oberlin, she also studied jazz arranging, composition, and theory with Director of Jazz Studies Wendell Logan, who became a mentor to her, and encouraged her to study jazz piano with Neal Creque and jazz improvisation with Kenny Davis. Jackie received a M.M. from Cleveland State University in classical piano performance, studying with Andrius Kuprevicius and Daniel Barber, but continued her lessons with Creque, and has been based in Cleveland ever since.
Jackie performs regularly as a soloist, but has her own jazz trio, which includes bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale. She also arranges and plays salsa and Latin jazz with percussionist Sammy Deleon y su orquesta. In addition to these groups, Jackie has performed locally and nationally with such artists and groups as David Fathead Newman, Richie Cole, Leroy Jenkins, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, the Bhinda Keidel Quartet, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra/Five Play, Othello Mollineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Ayodele Casel, Ray De La Paz, Impacto Nuevo, Humberto Ramirez, Mitch Frohman, Cano Estremera, Tommy Olivencia, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Tito Puente, Jr., Hector Tricoche, Percy Sledge, King Solomon, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Sean Jones, and the Afro Cleveland Orchestra. Jackie is currently performing off Broadway with Maurice Hines and Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra in “Tappin’ Thru Life.”
Jackie can be heard regularly at such local Cleveland venues as The Velvet Tango Room, Nighttown, Take 5 Jazz Club, the Music Box Supper Club, the Grog Shop, and Belinda’s Nightclub, and also on numerous recordings, including “Near You” and “Live at the Wi-Fi Café” under her own name, “Steppin’ Out” (Jazz Heritage Orchestra), “Salsa con Sabor” (Sammy Deleon y su Orquesta featuring Bhinda Keidel), “Midwest Coast” and “Into the Night” (Josh Rzepka), and her soon to be released Latin trio recording “Oblivion.” Jackie is also an educator and clinician, and has taught jazz arranging and composition and coached jazz combos at Oberlin; she is currently on the Jazz Studies Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus, where she coaches jazz ensembles, and teaches piano class and private lessons. She is also on the faculty at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.
For more information, you can contact Jackie through her website, jackiewarren.net.
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