Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Maricle, Sherrie (Sharon L.)
She grew up in Endicott, N.Y., played cello in the fourth grade, then trumpet, trombone and clarinet in junior high. Buddy Rich's music inspired her to take up the drums in sixth grade, on which she was influenced by Mel Lewis and Adam Nussbaum. Based in N.Y., she played in the Broadway show Cabaret, with the Binghamton Symphony and Pops Orchestra. She worked with Peter Appleyard, Jay Leonhart, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jim McNeely, Slam Stewart (1984-87), and led a trio every Saturday at the Village Gate for several years from 1987. She has worked with many female groups, including the big band Diva of which she became director. She was working on a Ph.D. in the jazz program of the NYU School of Education, writing a thesis on Slam Stewart. While she was an undergraduate at Binghamton University she began playing professionally in a wide variety of musical situations. Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree, she moved to New York City in 1986 and completed a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance and Doctorate of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition at New York University. Adam Nussbaum was one of her teachers at both Binghamton (1982) and NYU.
From the drumset Maricle leads her big band The Diva Jazz Orchestra and her quintet Five Play. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops Orchestra and is also the creative advisor and coordinator of the orchestra's Educational Outreach Programs. As an educator she is the Director of Percussion Studies at New York University and is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. Sherrie is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger in both the classical and jazz mediums. With Diva and her quintet Five Play she has performed at many of the world's most acclaimed music venues which include: Carnegie Hall; Tanglewood; the Kennedy Center; the Hollywood Bowl; Symphony Hall in both Cleveland and Saint Louis; the SS Norway and QE2 Jazz Cruises and Jazz Festivals throughout the United States and abroad including Croatia, Columbia, Finland, Germany, Italy, England, Holland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France and Switzerland. Diva has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, numerous times on CNN Arts Break and was highlighted on The 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Special and Japan's NHK Network's New York Jazz. With The New York Pops she often travels overseas to countries such as Japan and Korea.
Cookin' on All Burners (1989); Mastroianni/Maricle Quartet: Time Being (1992); Five Play: On the Brink (1999); Diva Jazz Orchestra: Something's Coming (1995), Leave it to DIVA (1997), I Believe in You (1998), Live in Concert (2003)
The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Contributions and Achievements in the Arts; a grant from Meet the Composer; a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University; and was voted the NYU Music Teacher of the Year in both 1998 and 2000. Additionally, Five Play's premier recording, On the Brink, was voted the #1 CD of 1999 by Nat Hentoff in Jazz Times magazine.