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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…)

Time Flies – When You’re Having Fun

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by monikaherzig

timeflies-logo-400It all started with a silly pun at one of our holiday shows for the Jazz Fables Series – wouldn’t it be fun to have a band called Time Flies and have a logo with little flies and clocks – six months later a German producer invited us to do a project based on recordings we did with Bob Berg in 1998 bridging two continents, two generations, and two decades of great musicians and compositions. (more…)

Music, Festivals, Heritage

Posted on: May 28th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Greetings from Siena, Italy where I spent the last three days convening with researchers from all over the world – Sydney to New Orleans, Helsinki to Capetown and everything in between – discussing, presenting, and listening to presentations on music festivals. It’s been fascinating and inspirational to consider so many different perspectives on the idea of festivals and here is my summary, some of the central discussion points, and some food for thought for presenters, musicians, audiences, and organizations. (more…)

‘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…)