Basic Background Info

Birth: September 2, 1963
Location: Buffalo, New York
Band: The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, FIVE PLAY
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Instructor


Sherrie Maricle grew up in mid-state New York, where she studied the clarinet and cello in the fourth grade. After just two years, Sherrie Maricle abandoned them for the snare drum. The moment she heard a Buddy Rich concert, her life’s course was set.

While studying at Binghamton University, Sherrie Maricle played drums professionally in an array of musical settings. Sherrie Maricle earned her bachelor’s degree in 1985, and then she went on to earn a master’s degree of the arts in jazz performance and, ultimately, a doctorate of philosophy in jazz performance and composition from New York University.

In the early 1990s, Sherrie Maricle created The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, a big band of talented women performers. Sherrie Maricle leads the band with the excitement and force of traditional big bands, but guides the performers towards modern progressive sounds and originality. Sherrie Maricle also performs with her quintet FIVE PLAY. Both groups have garnered high critical acclaim for performances at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and countless other venues around the world.

Sherrie Maricle regularly plays with DIVA and FIVE PLAY, and she also performs with The New York Pops, where she is the director of education for the orchestra. She runs a private drum and percussion studio, and she is a frequent clinician. Sherrie Maricle created The Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap Workshop for children and is an active freelance performer. Sherrie Maricle also composes and arranges both jazz and classical music.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1989 15th Anniversary Stash Sampler Various Artists
1989 Cookin' on All Burners Sherrie Maricle and the Mastroianni 5
1989 Quiet Storm Marlene Ver Planck
1992 1992 Stash Sampler Various Artists
1992 Dedication Unpredictable Nature
1992 Time Being John Mastroianni/Sherrie Maricle Quartet
1994 In Concert Sherrie Maricle & Peter Appleyard
1995 Something's Coming Diva
1997 Jazz Piano Anthology: Modern Evolutions Various Artists
1997 Jazz Piano Anthology: The Magic Touch Various Artists
1997 Leave It to Diva Diva
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads [Box] Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 Kick Ass Brass Various Artists
1999 I Believe in You Sherrie Maricle and Diva
1999 On the Brink Five Play
2000 Why Jazz? Maria Anadon
2001 I've Never Been in Love Before Maurice Hines
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: A Kiss to Build a Dream On Various Artists
2001 Time Remembered: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology Various Artists
2002 Variety Is the Spice of Braff Ruby Braff
2003 Blame It on My Youth Sarah Partridge
2003 Legends Skitch Henderson & Bucky Pizzarelli
2004 Montreal Jazz Festival, Vol. 1: Very Best Live Various Artists
2005 Five Play...Plus Five Play
2005 TNT: A Tommy Newsom Tribute Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestr
2005 Tommy Newsom and His Octo-Pussycats Tommy Newsom & His Octo-Pussycats
2006 Blues in the Night Ann Hampton Callaway
2006 To Nat King Cole with Love Maurice Hines
2007 A Jazzy Way Maria Anadon/Five Play's
2008 Live from Jazz at Lincoln Centers Club Co Sherrie Maricle
2008 What the World Needs Now Five Play
2009 Never Never Land Diva Jazz Trio
2010 Man and His Music Johnny Mandel
2012 Crazy 1961 Mark Nadler


  • "Maricle's lively, inventive chops proved that not all straight-ahead drummers are mere time keepers…" -Downbeat magazine
  • In 2006, DIVA was voted one of the best big bands in the world by Downbeat’s readers.
  • "Maricle drove the evening's music along with a contained fury of the power plant of a nuclear submarine..." -Hamilton Spectator

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Yamaha
Sticks: Vic Firth

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