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Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by monikaherzig

chick2I have to confess, I’m a total Chick Corea nerd.  Spain was one of the first jazz tunes that I learned and when I realized that we have a birthday in common, I was hooked. For my undergraduate thesis, I decided to analyze the piano styles of Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, and Chick Corea.  (more…)



Remembering Cynthia Layne

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 by monikaherzig

CynthiaLayneThe news spread fast on Monday – Indianapolis lost one of the most talented, beautiful, kind members of its jazz musician community, vocalist Cynthia Layne.  Throughout my 20+ years as a member of the community our paths have crossed many times and in many ways not only as colleagues but as mothers and label mates.  (more…)



JEN Conference 2015

Posted on: January 11th, 2015 by monikaherzig

JEN Board 2On my last day in San Diego before returning to a frozen Indiana, I have a few minutes to reflect on the Jazz Education Network Conference that I was able to be a part of this weekend.  (more…)



The Number Games

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by monikaherzig

Recently I’ve been experimenting with improvising on a sequence of numbers, usually dates.  For example if the date is 12-31-2014, I’ll translate the numbers into scale degrees and a 0 just means hang on to the last number a bit longer.  (more…)