Kingsville, Texas – The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has played some of the most prestigious venues for jazz in the world—Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland and the Apollo Theater, just to name a few.  

          On Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m., this all-female big band will add Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Jones Auditorium to their list, in a free public performance.  

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.  

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra performance is part of the university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series. 

The group will be performing music from its 25th Anniversary Project, an album of original music composed by music director/drummer Sherrie Maricle and her bandmates. The 25th Anniversary Project album spent more than 24 weeks on the jazz charts, peaking at number one. 

About DIVA Jazz Orchestra

DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today’s progressive sound and originality. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz, composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the players.  

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 DIVA was poured in June 1992, and what emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day.  

Since their premiere performance over 25 years ago (March 30, 1993 at New York University), DIVA has toured the world to critical and popular acclaim. 

In addition to the previously named venues, DIVA has also performed at Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center; Blue Note; and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

DIVA has also shared the stage with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Randy Brecker, Dave Brubeck and more. 

About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events. 

For more information about the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series, contact the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760.