George Wein reflects on DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s 2018 Newport performance on Notes From the Wein Machine

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“Last year was the 25th anniversary of the Diva Jazz Orchestra. They were in Newport in 2018, but I only had a chance to hear one or two numbers.  They blew me away, listening to a full set at Dizzy’s.  Each section – trumpets, trombones, saxophones – had something unique to say.  The arrangements were difficult and explosive.  The expression: ”They play good for….  “ no longer exists.  Their gender meant nothing.  They just played great music and it was a pleasure to hear them.  Sherrie Maricle has done an amazing job of holding this group together for such a length of time and from what I heard that night, they will exist for some time into the future. ” – George Wein

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