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Indiana Jazz: History, Scenes, Places & Personas

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Did you know that Louis Armstrong made his first recordings in Richmond, Indiana at the Gennett Studios with King Oliver’s group and that Hoagy Carmichael’s first recording of Stardust at the same studio was a complete flop? Did you know that David Baker taught Freddie Hubbard how to play Donna Lee so they could show off at a jam session on Indiana Avenue? (more…)



Who Was The Third Passenger?

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by monikaherzig

One of the Bob Berg tracks on the new Time Flies LP is the revised version of my tune The Third Passenger. The song, written exactly 20 years ago, captures an emotionally challenging tragedy in music. Many women have similar experiences, often multiple times, but very few dare to talk about it. (more…)



Coming to Indianapolis and beyond – Jazz Girls Day

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Mark your calendars – March 10, 2018 will be the first installation of Jazz Girls Day in Indianapolis at the Central Library, thanks to an Individual Artist Grant by the Indiana Arts Commission awarded to yours truly. So what is Jazz Girls Day and why should you celebrate with us? (more…)



SHeroes

Posted on: July 3rd, 2017 by monikaherzig

We just lost one of the guiding lights in the jazz world – pianist/ composer/ educator Geri Allen. Just two weeks after her 60th birthday the announcement of her cancer-related passing sent shock waves throughout the jazz world and beyond. Even though her cancer was diagnosed a good year ago, she kept the illness completely private and continued touring and teaching all over the world. Appearances at major festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival were announced throughout August and not even her record label was aware of her health battle. What kept her going to the last minute? (more…)



Indiana Jazz Exchange

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Once upon a time a youngster in a little town in Germany became fascinated with jazz harmonies and improvisation and decided to drive with her red Ford Fiesta and her brand new DX7 keyboard on the Autobahn north for five hours to attend a summer workshop in Remscheid, close to Cologne. It was a live-changing experience which put her on the path of becoming a professional jazz musician and relocating to the United States. (more…)



Time Flies – When You’re Having Fun

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by monikaherzig

timeflies-logo-400It all started with a silly pun at one of our holiday shows for the Jazz Fables Series – wouldn’t it be fun to have a band called Time Flies and have a logo with little flies and clocks – six months later a German producer invited us to do a project based on recordings we did with Bob Berg in 1998 bridging two continents, two generations, and two decades of great musicians and compositions. (more…)



Music, Festivals, Heritage

Posted on: May 28th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Greetings from Siena, Italy where I spent the last three days convening with researchers from all over the world – Sydney to New Orleans, Helsinki to Capetown and everything in between – discussing, presenting, and listening to presentations on music festivals. It’s been fascinating and inspirational to consider so many different perspectives on the idea of festivals and here is my summary, some of the central discussion points, and some food for thought for presenters, musicians, audiences, and organizations. (more…)



‘Tis the Season – Of Weddings

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by monikaherzig

This is the 30th year of my music career – in the summer of 1988 Peter and myself sold our belongings, bought one-way tickets, and left our German home to make music our careers and take advantage of a one year exchange scholarship to the University of Alabama. We quickly realized that playing club gigs for the door with our original music would not generate enough income to pay the rent and groceries. (more…)



Time Flies LP Release Tour

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by monikaherzig

We’re very excited to announce the release of the Time Flies LP, recorded last July in Germany and featuring new takes of tracks with legendary saxophonist Bob Berg as well as collaborations with German saxophonists Peter Lehel, Sandi Kuhn, und Lutz H√§fner. The initial release tour is May 30 – June 9 in Europe, followed by a series of concerts in the US. As many are aware, Bob Berg was killed in a car accident during a New York Blizzard in 2002. We had the fortune of recording three of our originals with him in 1996. During last year’s recording session, we reworked those tracks and added new music featuring some of Europe’s leading players. The LP was produced by Michael Fetscher and Lothar Landenberger – here are the concert dates – and a taste from our Germany concert with fog machine! (more…)



Spring Tour Diary

Posted on: April 30th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Dear Diary

I’m in Pennsylvania at the Farmhouse Retreat run by vocalist and healer Barbara Montgomery – the final stop of our Spring Tour – before heading into Philadelphia for a weekend of Jazz and Poetry. It’s time to take a deep breath after seven days of non-stop driving, concerts, clinics over five States with some of the world’s most amazing jazz musicians and write down the memories while they are still fresh. (more…)