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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…)