For bandleader and percussionist Sherrie Maricle, returning to her hometown to perform is always special and the Endicott native will be performing with Tomoko Ohno (piano), Noriko Ueda(bass), Jami Dauber (trumpet) and Janelle Reichman (tenor sax and clarinet) as Five Play at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM on October 13 at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.
“Five Play is the longtime sister group of the Diva Jazz Orchestra,” Maricle said of the quintet offshoot of the acclaimed all-women jazz orchestra which just celebrated 25 years. “It’s the rhythm section from the big band, plus two of our featured soloists, Jami Dauber on trumpet and Janelle Reichman on tenor sax and clarinet.”
Five Play has performed at many of the most prestigious concert halls, music festivals, universities and jazz clubs in the United States, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. The group has also performed at major festivals in Israel, Japan, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. In 2004 the quintet and its members were highly ranked in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Poll.
For Maricle, however, this particular gig at the Firehouse Stage has an important distinction.
“I am always looking for opportunities and the right kind of spark to do our new recordings and we’re doing a new recording at the Firehouse Stage. We’re recording both shows hopefully with the idea of putting them both into a new Live at the Firehouse Stage CD. That’s a huge deal,” Maricle said. “It’s just been so many years since I have recorded in my hometown and that’s just always really special for me for so many reasons. The foundation for everything I do today came from growing up in the Tri-Cities area. So the CD will be out in the world and my hometown will be part of it and I am really happy about it.”
Maricle said the show will consist of Five Play’s unique blend of reimagined standards and jazz songbook standards and a couple of their original compositions, which are more about entertaining the listener rather than challenging the listener.
“With our original music, the emphasis is always on great melody. You gotta have a great groove, it’s gotta swing, it’s gotta feel good and make people smile,” Maricle said. “Sometimes listening to certain kinds of contemporary jazz can be incredibly challenging, especially if it is very avant garde, because it takes a certain kind of ear and aptitude to appreciate that, and while I can appreciate It as a professional performer, it’s not always my personal favorite thing to listen to. I’ve never been attracted to that as an artist myself. My objective is to entertain people. I want people to walk away feeling happy and inspired and snapping their fingers on two and four.”
Tickets for Sherrie Maricle & Five Play Live Recording show are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.
For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit the Theatre online at goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage, or visit the Theatre online at www.goodwilltheatre.net, or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage.