On Friday, November 22, Five Play, the quintet of DIVA Jazz will come “swingin’’ into Orange Hall to play classic and contemporary standards and some of their own original music during an evening performance.
But earlier in the day, starting at 11am in Orange Hall room 23, the ensemble will present a master class entitled Creating a Life and Living in Music. The session is free and open to the public.
Women in jazz are usually associated with vocal music. However, the five women of Five Play are instrumentalists ~ creative, unique, and masterful. They will be talking about their choices of instruments and demonstrating them. They will also discuss how they successfully make a living as professional musicians and manage their careers.
The musicians will explain their own style of time management in which they fit practicing, touring, composing, arranging, teaching, and, of course, performing into well-tuned (pun intended) schedules. Q & A is a welcome segment of this informative class intertwined with personal advice, shared experiences, laughter and fun.
Those participating are the leader and music director Sherrie Maricle, drums; Tomoko Ohno, piano; Amy Shook, bass; Jami Dauber, trumpet; and Leigh Pilzer, baritone and soprano sax/clarinet.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown.