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May 28, 2015

The Muse of Geminis

CoreaFriendsYes – I am a Gemini, born on June 12, the same day as Chick Corea, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave (RIP) and under the same sign as many creative minds. In fact, so many of my friends share this sign that we started an annual Gemini Party with jam session.  It’ll be June 7 this year at our house – just send me an email at mherzig at indiana dot edu if you’d like to come and I’ll send you direction.  Everyone is invited – Gemini or not, we’ll start around 6 and go until we had enough.

Here is a Gemini in a nutshell: (more…)

Notes from the Road

Monika_ 41548Today is my last day on the road before driving back to Bloomington after a 10-day trip. Touring is a crucial element of being a musician as a way of finding new audiences, sell music, and create new opportunities especially at a time when music sales through retailers have become minimal. There is a romantic aspect to touring, a general vision of traveling to exciting places all over the world, being treated like a star at fancy places and full concert houses, and staying in beautiful hotels. (more…)

April 29, 2015

Hoagy Carmichael’s Piano

Here is just a little anecdote that I’d love to tell – it exemplifies the trials of a conflicting worlds and values of the artist career.

RunThrough_158Just last week, I played the piano at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis for their Friday Happy Hour. The Columbia Club is a private club with restaurant, hotel, banquet space, and much more right in the center of the city – membership is a privilege valued at a high price. The baby grand piano in the lobby is actually an Apollo piano that Bloomington’s own Hoagy Carmichael used to own.  (more…)

April 25, 2015

On The Road Again

liveincomejazzgenre.028-1024x640A recent study on the income streams of musicians by the Future of Music Coalition reveals a variety of interesting facts, i.e. the differences in income streams between musical genres and of course the recent changes due to the downturn in the recording industry. There is a detailed case study of a jazz musician/bandleader with the following conclusions: (more…)

April 23, 2015

International Jazz Day

jam-poster-2015_200Mainly due to the advocacy of John Hasse, Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institute, April has been declared Jazz Appreciation Month in 2002 (JAM). The mission is to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. There are even 112 suggestions on how to celebrate on the JAM website – find
out more here. (more…)