About Monika

Vast knowledge; boundless, focused energy and talent; generosity of spirit; cheerful and outgoing personality, and can-do attitude which benefits all whose lives she has touched, Monika Herzig is our Jazz Hero.

The Jazz Journalists Association, 2015

– 2018 –

It’s the night of Winter Solstice 2018 – a good time to reflect on a year nearly gone and a new year ready to bring new adventures. Come on a journey with me  – and please share yours also: read more…

Peace on Earth – 10th Anniversary!

It was July 2008, in the middle of summer, when we went into the studio to record a collection of songs with a winter and holiday theme. My mission for this album was to create a sense of global unity, peace, and companionship. Most cultures and communities celebrate the middle of Winter in order to brighten up the darkest days of the year, to prepare for a new year, to gather with friends and families. Peace on Earth was the theme of my collection – and its become a yearly celebration, get ready for the December 13, 2018 edition, our 10th anniversary. Read on for a taste of what to expect and mark the calendars. read more…

Sheroes Fall Tour 2018 – Impressions

Come with us on tour – October 25-November 1, Sheroes  – here is a recap of pictures, videos, thoughts, places, new friends, new music and more. Sheroes Jamie Baum – flute, Reut Regev – trombone, Leni Stern – guitar, Jennifer Vincent – bass, Karina Colis – drums, Monika Herzig – piano, and honorary Hero Peter Kienle on bass and driving the van came together for five concerts at the East Coast and Midwest. read more…

Behind the Song – I’m A Superstar

With a nearly 100% focus on vocals in contemporary popular music, listening to instrumental music has become unusual and sometimes difficult. As I listened to Celtic Folk, Contemporary Acoustic String Music, and Swedish Folk Rock at this year’s Lotus World Music Festival, I found myself drifting and searching for melodies, ideas, thoughts, impressions to hang on to. Sometimes the musicians would provide introductions on the songs, their inspiration, or specific sound content and I realized how the depth of my listening shifted and various images appeared. I like to provide insights into my music and the music we perform as it provides a special bond with the audience. So here is some background on the final song of our album “Sheroes” – “I’m A Superstar” written by trombonist Reut Regev. read more…

Jazz Made in Germany

These past two days I got to participate and present at a conference at the Franz Liszt University in Weimar on Jazz Research in the German-speaking countries. There were many fascinating presentations from leading thinkers such as the Director of the Jazz Institute in Darmstadt, Wolfram Knauer, and the Director of the Jazz Research Institute in Graz, Andre Doehring. Even though many great musicians, musical styles, fascinating collaborations, amazing festivals are created in countries outside of the US, very few receive attention inside the US. There are multiple reasons – of course jazz is an art form rooted in the African-American experience and the US jazz market is small and focused inside the country. I’d like to take the opportunity here to introduce a few German-speaking jazz artists that are certainly worth hearing and knowing. And this is just a tiny sample… read more…

  • Bloomington, IN  •  Sat Jan 26
    Monika Herzig, piano 
    Bloomington Winter Market   •  9am-noon
  • Bloomington, IN  •  Thu Feb 7
    Janiece Jaffe & Friends Valentine's Day Concert Jazz Fables
    Bears Place   •  5:30-8pm
  • Bloomington, IN  •  Sun Feb 24
    Jazz Girls Day Bloomington 
    Monroe County Public Library   •  noon-6
  • Evansville, IN  •  Sun Mar 3
    Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends 
    Bokeh Lounge   •  2:30-5pm
  • Noblesville, IN  •  Tue Mar 5
    Jazz Girls Day Indianapolis 
    Noblesville High School   •  3-7pm
  • Indianapolis, IN  •  Tue Mar 5
    Destiny Muhammad and Monika Herzig 
    Eskenazi Hospital   •  noon
  • Bloomington, IN  •  Thu Mar 7
    Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends Jazz Fables
    Bears Place   •  5:30-8pm
  • Indianapolis, IN  •  Fri Mar 8
    Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends 
    Jazz Kitchen   •  8 & 10pm
  • Indianapolis, IN  •  Sun Mar 10
    Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends 
    Artsgarden   •  2-3pm
  • Bloomington, IN  •  Sat Mar 16
    Monika Herzig, piano 
    Bloomington Winter Market   •  9am-noon
  • Indianapolis, IN  •  Fri Apr 5
    Monika Herzig, piano 
    Eskenazy Hospital   •  noon
  • tba  •  Sat Apr 6
    Jazz Girls Day Seattle Clinician 
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