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

Monika Herzig interview on “The Jazz Hole with Linus”, BRTtoday, April 29

Hoagy Carmichael – A Bloomington Legacy

Most school curricula feature courses on World History, US History, and Local History, which makes a lot of sense. There are some common historical milestones that had worldwide impact, such as the World Wars, others more important to the country we live in, such as the succession of presidents, and then there are local heroes, for example Madam C.J. Walker from Indianapolis who became the first female Millionaire of color with the invention of her special hair product. I propose that we should teach jazz history with a similar distinction: Jazz History – US Jazz History – Local Jazz History. read more…

Kaffee und Kuchen

The art of house concerts is a special experience – a small, selected audience experiences music and musicians up close and personal in an intimate setting. The series presented at White Fir Studios in the South of Germany offers additional attractions to the house concert setting. read more…

Europe in July

I’m writing this blog as I wait at the Atlanta airport for my flight to Dusseldorf/ Germany in anticipation of five weeks of performing, teaching, and visiting with friends and family in Germany, Austria, and Azerbaijan. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to do this trip and I’m hoping to make many special memories  – feel free to follow updates on Facebook and Instagram (Monika Herzig) and even better, join us wherever you can! read more…

Happy Birthday Chick Corea

One of my musical heroes, Chick Corea, will be celebrating his 77th birthday on June 12. The date is quite special to me as it is also my birthday as well as my other musical hero, the late Geri Allen who would have been 61 this year. The day also happens to be Loving Day – in commemoration of the 1967 decision of the Supreme Court in Loving vs Virginia to strike down anti-miscegenation laws which made interracial marriage illegal. read more…

Time Flies – The Next Chapter

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved playing piano. She got pretty good and explored some jazzy tunes when a guitar prince asked her to join a jazz group. She took the plunge and immersed herself into the world of jazz and writing music and absolutely fell in love with it. The group became quite successful especially after the guitar prince and the keyboard girl eloped to the land of jazz – the US of A. They recorded many albums together and opened for some popular fusion groups and built a career together. But the jazz gods decided that fusion music was wrong and should be abandoned. All the other jazz gods turned to their acoustic roots and created repertory bands. The guitar prince and keyboard girl decided to start a family and the electronic instruments started gathering dust in the basement. But one day, a saxophone friend invited them to revive their fusion roots. read more…

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