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WestCoast Big Band Festival Finale Featuring Sister Jazz Orchestra


WestCoast Big Band Festival Finale Featuring Sister Jazz Orchestra

The WestCoast Big Band Festival Presents:

Sister Jazz Orchestra

Featuring Guest Artist New York Drummer Sherrie MaricleDirected by Christian Morrison


Sister Jazz Orchestra is a unique-in-Canada professional jazz orchestra that brings together the most accomplished female jazz musicians in Vancouver. It's a straight-ahead jazz celebration that will entertain, move and educate big band jazz audiences, with a primary focus on the rich repertoire of women writers.

For its premiere performance at the 2019 WestCoast Big Band Festival, SJO is thrilled to present as guest artist, New York drummer Sherrie Maricle!

Just announced: The Leading Ladies Little-Big Band will open the concert.

SJO Musicians

Rhythm: Jodi Proznick, Sharon Minemoto, Madeleine ElkinsSaxes: Ingrid Stitt, Julia Nolan, Karen Graves, Jen Davidson, Jennifer VanceTrombones: Robin MacLulich, Janine King, Hayley Bennett, Ellen MarpleTrumpets: Jocelyn Waugh, Geeta Das, Heather Anderson, Bonnie Northgraves, Melissa Hammer

Combine your jazz with a delicious meal (see FAQ for menu options)

About Sherrie Maricle

“Maricle staked her claim as one of the great big band drummers.” Jazz Around Town

For musician Sherrie Maricle, her drum set is a real-life metaphor of her career. Playing the drums requires coordinating four limbs at the same time and Sherrie's career synchronizes being a jazz artist, music director, teacher and composer.

From the drum set, Sherrie leads her big band The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and her quintet FIVE PLAY. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and is also the orchestra's Director of Education. As a music director she works with acclaimed Broadway star Maurice Hines. As a teacher she is on the jazz faculty of The New York State Summer Music Festival and also runs a private drum set and percussion studio. Sherrie is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks and is the creator of The Rhythm, Rhyme and Rap Workshop for children. She is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger in both the classical and jazz mediums.

About Christian Morrison

Christian earned her Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at McGill University, followed by graduate studies at Boston University. She later studied jazz, conducting and arranging at Capilano University and bass at the VSO School of Music.

Co-founder of the WestCoast Big Band Festival, she has also been an active bandleader in the Vancouver community for 10 years. An accredited Professional Coach, she helps people discover their gifts and realize their potential. As a business executive, she has been an ardent champion for programs that develop female leaders. Similarly, as a long-time patron and volunteer in the arts, she believes that opportunities need to be intentionally created for musicians to be heard.

In creating the Sister Jazz Orchestra, Christian combines her diverse experience and passion for making great music to showcase today’s top jazzwomen in order to inspire tomorrow’s.

About The Leading Ladies Little-Big Band

The Leading Ladies Little-Big Band is a new university-level ensemble in the Vancouver jazz community. Directed by Casey Thomas-Burns, this 11-piece ensemble was originally drawn from the women of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program, to be a part of the Leading Ladies series at Presentation House. This band brings a new energy to the traditional jazz style, as well as more contemporary compositions. 


 Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, all ages are invited! 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free in the Croatian Centre's parking lot, and it's ideally located near the Commercial Sky Train Station.

What are the menu options for the dinner package?

Each dinner package includes one item from each of the following categories.  All meals are gluten free. Dinner tickets are only available in advance and must be purchased by November 1st. You must make your menu choices when you purchase your dinner package ticket.


Gourmet Green Salad – A blend of baby lettuce in an oil vinaigrette dressing

Classic Caesar Salad – Romaine lettuce in a house dressing topped with croutons and parmesan cheese

Caprese Salad – Tomatoes, mozzarella & basil


New York Steak - This 8oz cut has a full bodied texture & is expertly seasoned & seared

Breaded Chicken with a Mushroom Cream Sauce - Crispy & tender 6oz breast with a side of our home-made mushroom cream sauce

Salmon Filet - Deliciously baked west coast salmon. The perfect balance of the natural salmon flavours and in our garlic, lemon & butter wine sauce

Eggplant Parmigiana - Layered eggplant, tomatoes, mozzarella & parmigiano reggiano cheese baked to perfection


Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter

Homemade Strudel (Apple, Cheese, Mixed Berries or Cherry)

Chocolate Mousse with Chef's homemade berry syrup

Why am I asked for a name and email address for each ticket on my order? Does this information have to be different for each ticket?

Eventbrite requires that this information be captured for each ticket on an order.  However, the information does not have to be unique for each ticket, and you have the option of copying the information from one of the other tickets when you fill in the form. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address for each ticket.

Can I change my dinner choices after completing my ticket order?

Yes.  You can edit and update your order information.  You can also contact the festival organizers if you need help with any aspect of your order. Please note that any changes must be made by November 1st.
Ticket Information Ticket Price
Concert Only CAD 20
Dinner Included CAD 66

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