Calling all women jazz instrumentalists and swing music fans!
Arthur Migliazza (Blus and Boogie Woogie Pianist)
Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, was a finalist at the 2010 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and in his 20+ years of performing has been privileged to play on some of the world’s greatest stages, including Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow as part of the sold out Kings of Boogie Tour, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, as well as on National Public Radio in the US.
In 2014 he received the Best of the Blues Award for Best Keyboardist in Washington State and his latest album, Laying It Down, resided at #1 on the Roots Music Report charts for Washington State for the summer of 2014, and reached #20 on the national chart. Laying It Down also appeared on the GRAMMY Entry List for the 2015 Grammy award nominations.
As a star of the critically acclaimed Off Broadway show BOOGIE STOMP!, Arthur performed at the Elektra Theater in Times Square, NYC for three months in 2015. His first instructional book, considered by many to be a benchmark in blues and boogie woogie piano instruction, is entitled How to Play Boogie Woogie Piano and is now available for purchase worldwide through publisher Hal Leonard.
Sheila Anderson (WBGO "Weekend Jazz" Radio Host)
lIn 1995, Sheila was hired as an on-air host where she now hosts "Late Night Jazz" on Saturday evening from 9PM to 1AM. For nine years she hosted "Sunday Morning Harmony". Ms. Anderson has learned from the musicians whom she plays, "I feel as though radio programming should function much like a live performance. For example one would not want to hear a performance where the group played all ballads. My best shows happen when I am feeling completely free to move with a certain flow and program according to my emotions," Ms. Anderson explains. These are not the words of some novice who just likes Jazz music.
Looking to immerse herself further into Jazz culture, Ms. Anderson created "The Art of Jazz," a weekly 30-minute TV program for Time Warner Cable in New York City. The show earned her a Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Award for Community Media. A virtual one-woman production team, Sheila schedules guests, writes the scripts and even edits the various shows. "The Art of Jazz" which reaches some half million viewers, has featured Jazz luminaries like Ron Carter, Eric Reed, Russell Malone, Regina Carter, Mark Murphy, the late Leon Thomas, Javon Jackson, T. S. Monk Monty Alexander and Benny Golson.
Sherrie Maricle (Drummer/Diva Jazz Band Leader)
From the drum set Maricle leads her big band DIVA, her quintet FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and from celebrated stages everywhere, she is the music director for Broadway star Maurice Hines. As a teacher Sherrie has created and runs the Musical Magic hospital outreach program for The Ronald McDonald House New York. She also operates a private drum set and percussion studio, serves as a conductor for The New York Summer Festival and is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. Sherrie is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger.
With her three bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world’s most acclaimed music venues and major jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad. DIVA has been featured on the soundtrack for NBC’s 2014 Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular; on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood; and on TCM’s televised broadcast of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center. In 2009 Sherrie and her trio were guests on Marian McPartland’s world-renowned NPR show Piano Jazz, and in 2012 DIVA was featured prominently in the award-winning film The Girls in the Band.
Sylvia Cuenca (Drummer)
Sylvia has had the honor of sharing the bandstand with saxophone legend Joe Henderson for 4 years. They toured extensively in Europe, Asia and U.S. Sylvia also performed with trumpet legend Clark Terry for 17 years. Terry's quintet and big band performed jazz cruises, clubs, concerts and festivals in the U.S. Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Sylvia also performed and toured with jazz luminaries Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Michael Brecker, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jon Faddis, Dave Stryker, Dianne Reeves, John Hicks, Geoff Keezer, Denise Donatelli, John Handy, Lew Soloff, Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, George Cables, James Spaulding, Kenny Drew Jr., Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, Randy Brecker, Emily Remler, Jesse Davis, Helen Merrill, Vienna Art Orchestra and many others.
Guest Director for Sisters in Jazz program at Kennedy Center 2005, Faculty at Jazz for Teens program at NJPAC and Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, California. She is also a clinician for universities throughout U.S. and Europe. In 1988 and 1991 Sylvia received two NEA Grants and in 1992 she was a semi-finalist at Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition.