It was Fall of 2019 and the pandemic was looming, although we didn’t know it yet. Sherrie Maricle, internationally-renowned jazz drummer and the leader of DIVA Jazz Orchestra, opened a stunning, semi-private jazz club at 2152 East Norris Street. Sherrie wasn’t too sure about becoming a Fringe venue, but she appreciated the invitation, loves tap dance and was a perfect host, welcoming all kinds of new audience members into her space, some of which had never seen or heard jazz before. For four shows, I sold out her space and people crammed (!) in to hear tap dance as it should be heard – accompanied by live jazz music. All good things must come to an end. The venue shuttered and was sold at the beginning of the pandemic, in February 2020.

The Destination is the Downbeat
Pamela Hetherington