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‘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 Häfner. 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…)



It’s All About the Music

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by monikaherzig

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What goes up must come down – laws of physics – I sure hope I don’t have to come down from this wonderful experience of creating musical magic for these past three days. While it’s still fresh in my memory I’ll try to capture some of the moments. (more…)



Berlin – Symbolism

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by monikaherzig

We just returned from a week in Berlin attending a conference, performing two concerts, and other lectures and activities. This is the third time over the course of one year that I ended up in Berlin – a concert and workshop last July at the IU Gateway Office, a week working on creativity and jam session research in October and this past week. Even though I grew up in Germany, I had been to Berlin only once before – in 1985. Yes, that was before the wall came down and we had to travel there on a highway that was enclosed by barbed wire and were forced to exchange a certain amount of money into DDR currency for a day visit to East Berlin. (more…)



What About Ingrid?

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by monikaherzig

For the past three years, The Whole World in Her Hands has been my advocacy project for instrumental women in jazz but also to create unique original music with a female touch. I’ve been discussing the issues many times, the missing role models, the psychological and historical barriers, and the current danger of losing our hard-earned privileges and steps towards equality – read a great blog on the issues here. So one more time with feeling – in March 2017 we’ll celebrate Women’s History again – and we’ll do it in style with a series of concerts and events with the amazing trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

And just in case you haven’t heard  – who is Ingrid Jensen? (more…)



With Or Without Words

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by monikaherzig

IMG_1176We have a recent and fun tradition on Sundays. My 15-year old daughter helps me cook up some rice, eggs, and veggies and we stuff Tortillas for lunch. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on the week’s happenings and chat about life. Today she exclaimed, how her best friend had casually mentioned something that she found quite disturbing. (more…)



The ABC’s of Jazz

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by monikaherzig

ABC2Can you teach jazz? Jazz and academia were at odds for half a century before a group of musicians and educators from Indiana helped codify the language and share the art form with the rest of the world. Often referred to as the ABC’s of jazz – Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, and Jerry Coker – met at Indiana University as teachers and students in the early 1960’s and collaboratively created a canon of instructional materials, curricula, and workshops that are essential learning tools for students all over the world. (more…)



Jam for the Soul

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Jam Session 2017Yes, one more time, what is it about jam sessions that’s so good for the soul and everything else. You’ve seen me talk about it, you can find my articles about it, this unique gathering of young and old, students and pros, female and male, black, brown, and beautiful, fosters learning, creativity, networking, friendship, and most of all pure joy. (more…)



A glorious weekend in New Orleans – Report from the JEN Conference

Posted on: January 14th, 2017 by monikaherzig

New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, what better place to celebrate 100 years of recorded jazz and the eighth annual gathering of the Jazz Education Network (JEN). Thousands of jazz students, teachers, professionals, supporters, and audiences gathered on Wednesday, January 4 in the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans in anticipation of a glorious weekend of non-stop performances, clinics, research sessions, a large exhibit hall, and of course excursions to the French Quarter and the many entertainment options in the city. (more…)