About Monika

Vast knowledge; boundless, focused energy and talent; generosity of spirit; cheerful and outgoing personality, and can-do attitude which benefits all whose lives she has touched, Monika Herzig is our Jazz Hero.

The Jazz Journalists Association, 2015

Sheroes CD Release Tour Diary

Sheroes is climbing up the radio charts – #10 in the third week! The group was out on tour on the East Coast and with the support of Casio and the New School, An die Musik Live in Baltimore, and the Nighttown in Cleveland we were able to share the music from our new album with audiences ranging from the girls in the Jazz House Kids Chica program to students at the New School to audiences of all ages. Here is a picture diary from the tour – enjoy! read more…

Monika Herzig’s SHEroes Addresses Gender in Jazz

“You play good, for a girl.”

Every instrumentalist on the “Jazz and Gender” panel discussion at The New School on April 4 had received this backhanded compliment at some point in her career. The panel, comprising pianist and educator Monika Herzig, and five players from her all-women SHEroes band, was convened to address how gender bias affects female musicians’ training, career opportunities, as well as self-image.

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Live Music for a Longer Life

Did you know that attending live events bi-weekly has the potential to extend your life by nine years? Forget the Yoga and the Dog Walking and go to a live event to feel 21% after about 20 minutes – the Yoga only helps up to 10% and the Dog Walking 7%. And that happy feeling translates into a healthier person according to a recent study by O2 and Patrick Fagan, expert in behavioural science and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University. read more…

Jazz Girls Day Indiana

Image may contain: 6 people, including Monika Herzig, people smiling, people playing musical instruments and indoor“Let’s do it again next year” – the excitement was contagious as 20 girls packed up their instruments surrounded by their families who had come to witness the concert finale of the first Jazz Girls Day in Indiana. Guided by eight internationally acclaimed clinicians – Jamie Baum (flute), Shawn Goodman (clarinet), Monika Herzig (piano), Janiece Jaffe (vocals), Hannah Johnson (drums), Bethany Robinson (bass), Jennifer Siukola (trumpet), and Leni Stern (guitar) – the girls participated in a day of discussions, improvisation clinics, and combo coaching as well as had an opportunity to get to know each other. And to top it off – we did it not only once but twice – two days later with six young saxophone players in South Bend, Indiana. read more…

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

We discussed the different types of licenses in my Music Industry course the other day and realized that it can be a burden for a small venue to be liable for the performance rights licenses through ASCAP and BMI and SESAC when resources are already limited. On the other hand of course, such monthly payments are supposed to ensure that songwriters get paid for their work  and performances of their music. At the end of class I overheard a conversation between some of the students. They discussed how venues might get around such burden by having performers play all their original music instead of any covers. As they considered the option, they admitted that it’s hard to listen to all original music and how the level of excitement rises once they hear a familiar melody. That made me think about the importance of programming the right mix of novelty and familiarity in order to communicate with an audience. read more…


  • Nashville, IN  •  Tue Apr 24
    Indianapolis Jazz History 
    Brown County Arts Guild Out of the Ordinary  •  8pm
  • Nashville, IN  •  Tue May 1
    Indianapolis Jazz History 
    Brown County Arts Guild Out of the Ordinary  •  8pm
  • Bloomington, IN  •  Thu May 17
    Jazz Fables Bears Place  •  5:30-8pm
  • Louisville, KY  •  Fri May 18
    Jimmy Can't Dance   •  8pm
  • Indianapolis  •  Sat May 19
    Chatterbox   •  10:30pm-1:30am
  • Indianapolis, IN  •  Fri May 25
    Artsgarden   •  12:15pm