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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…)