Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Diva and the Boys at Mcg

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Diva and the Boys at Mcg

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DIVA, the all-female big band, is offering a twist this weekend at the Manchester Crafsmen's Guild:

The featured guest soloists are all men.

Not just any men, of course - trumpeter Claudio Roditi; clarinetist Ken Peplowski; tap dancer Maurice Hines; and the Ashby brothers, trombonist Jay and guitarist Marty, the latter the executive producer of the MCG Jazz series, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Having the guys on board was Marty's idea, one that DIVA drummer Sherrie Maricle relishes.

For openers, "I'm always elated when we get to come to the MCG; it fills our heart with joy," she says. "This is our version of a home [away from home]." And on an artistic level, "[Marty] keeps it going at the highest level."

The show promises new arrangements - "It's always exciting to bring audiences brand new things," Ms. …

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