From the drum set Sherrie leads The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, 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 music director for Broadway star Maurice Hines. Sherrie is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger.
With her 3 bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world’s most acclaimed music venues and jazz festivals. In 2014 DIVA was featured on the soundtrack for the NBC-Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular; on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood and also 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 documentary film The Girls in the Band.
Sherrie has received several awards and honors which include a 2014 Ovation award for “Best Music Direction” for Tappin Through Life; a 2013 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Music Direction, Tappin’ Thru Life; the 2009 Mary Lou Williams-Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2013 State Department grant for FIVE PLAY to tour Vietnam, a tour grant from Arts International, The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts, a grant from Meet the Composer, a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University, the 2006 New York City Music Educator’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and was selected New York University “Music Teacher of the Year” in both 1997 and 2000.
As an educator, Sherrie runs a private drum set and percussion studio in Philadelphia and East Stroudsburg, PA. She also 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.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Binghamton University Sherrie moved to New York City and attended New York University, where she completed a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance in 1986 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition in 2000.
Sherrie and DIVA’s most recent recording is Special Kay (2016), featuring the music of DIVA’s founder, Stanley Kay and in 2015 FIVE PLAY recorded “LIVE” at The Deer Head Inn. Other DIVA Cds include A Swingin’ Life (2014, MCG Label) with vocal legends Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw; “LIVE” at Dizzy’s Club with Carmen Bradford and Johnny Mandel - a Man and His Music. Sherrie can be heard on dozens of Cds with her bands and other musical luminaries.
Visit Sherrie at www.divajazz.com or on The DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s Facebook page.