Monday, July 12, 2010


Hard driving drummer Sherri Maricle and her indomitable quintet Five Play return to the Centenary Stage on July 24 at 8 PM as the third concert in the popular Jazz in July Series, spearheaded by Hackettstown Jazz Impresario and CSC Board Chairman, Ed Coyne. Playing to sold-out audiences, the Jazz in July Series features top-drawer International talents in the world of Jazz in the intimate luxury of the Centenary “Little Theatre. “It’s like Manhattan in Hackettstown,” one patron raved after the Piano Extravanganza concert on July 10th.

Sherri Maricle’s remarkable talent has been likened to the legendary Buddy Rich and no more so than when at the head of her electrifying Diva Jazz Orchestra. Her quintet Five Play was created in keeping with a time-honored Big Band practice as a means to feature some of the foremost players of a band. Five Play has performed at many of the most prestigious jazz clubs in the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and major international festivals in Israel, France, Spain and Portugal. The group's strengths are noted to include tight, well-rehearsed ensembles, strong solos by the side persons and a kicking Maricle tying the chart together.

Award-winning guest vocalist Charanee Wade will join the evening’s concert on the 24th. Winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition, Wade has performed at Festival Du Rious and The Montreaux Jazz Festival among others, and has opened for Herbie Hancock at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

Tickets for Five Play are $22.50 in advance and $27.50 at the door, and they are available at the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908.979.0900 and online at Tickets are also available locally at Skylands Community Bank, Mama’s and CafĂ© Bacci, PrickleyPear Restaurant, Panther Valley Pharmacy, Hackettstown Trading Post and Hackettstown Floors .

Jazz in July is made possible through the leadership of Ed Coyne and Coyne Enterprises, with the additional support of the Heath Village and Skylands Community Bank. The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit performing arts series dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands region with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. All programs at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible in part through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts and CSC Members and Sponsors.