Stanley Kay, founder of DIVA. In his 70+ year career, Stanley enjoyed successes as a drummer, percussionist, artist manager, creative director, conductor, arranger and composer.
After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, Stanley rose to musical prominence in the mid-1940s as the back-up drummer and manager for the Buddy Rich Band. He was also drummer for such headline acts as Josephine Baker, Patty Paige and Frankie Lane. He was a creator, manager and conductor for the world-renowned “Hines, Hines & Dad,” continuing to manage Maurice Hines as well as such stars as Michelle Lee and Paul Burke.In the decades following, Stanley became Entertainment Director of the New York Yankees, a position he served proudly throughout his life.
In 1992 Stanley founded and was the creative force behind Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, a band that carries on his extraordinary musical legacy.