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Peace on Earth

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by monikaherzig

It’s the first of December and I just got to open the first door of the advent calendar I brought back from Vienna with tasty Lindt chocolate bites – this is going to be a very special season this year! Well, the chocolates are definitely a plus but my season started with two magical events that are the fabric of fairy tales – tears and laughter and dreams come true. The power of music especially during the holiday season is magical – let me explain. (more…)



Happy Thanksgiving – Arts and Community

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by monikaherzig

One of the first principles in new business ventures is to identify the market and customer segments in order to determine the possible success and need of a new idea, a product, a service, any kind of offerings. As artists we often operate the opposite way though – the piece of art is created as the pure expression of the artist eventually followed by strategies to find audiences. In the field of Arts Administration, we often refer to the process of recruiting audiences as making them eat their Broccoli. (more…)



Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Posted on: October 27th, 2017 by monikaherzig

The story behind the song and especially the SHEroes arrangement to be released March 23, Whaling City Sound – sneak preview: (more…)



Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Guide

Posted on: October 21st, 2017 by monikaherzig

I’m proud to announce the release of “Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Guide” as part of the Rowman & Littlefield Listener’s Guides series. The book is designed for personal enjoyment and classroom use in general music classrooms or jazz settings – ask your library to order and take advantage of the 30% discount offer for your personal enjoyment. Use Code RLFANDF30 at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442244689.

“Chick Corea has had his ten talented fingers in so many different kinds of music, from be-bop to tango, from classical to fusion, and everything in between. It doesn’t seem possible that anyone could do this in one lifetime and convince you that he is perfectly at home in everygenre!”
– Gary Burton, grammy-winning jazz musician

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To Reharmonize Or to Not Reharmonize

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Posted by Farnell Newton on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I love Jam of the Week – it’s a Facebook group with 55,000 members by now that contribute impromptu videos every week to a song theme that is posted by Farnell Newton, the mastermind behind the idea. The themes range from specific jazz standards to various artists/ composers to decades/ styles or just showcasing transcription artistry or original music. It’s a truly crowdsourced gem of ideas, performances, and communal encouragement on achievements and next steps. (more…)



It Takes A Village

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by monikaherzig

How are you listening to your favorite music right now? My bet is you’re either tuning in to an online or terrestrial station or streaming from one of the favorite services, am I right? We have learned to borrow music – ownership is only for collectors items, special experiences. And there is nothing wrong with that – how cool is it to have access to any song at any time anywhere? (more…)



Jazz in the City

Posted on: August 30th, 2017 by monikaherzig

New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz, the city where jazz is not just a musical style but a lifestyle, where brass bands play on street corners, where the Marsalis family reigns – every jazz musician’s fantasy. We have a romantic image of the city of jazz but how does reality look like? (more…)



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…)