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

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…

Sheroes CD Release Tour Diary

Sheroes is climbing up the radio charts – #10 in the third week! The group was out on tour on the East Coast and with the support of Casio and the New School, An die Musik Live in Baltimore, and the Nighttown in Cleveland we were able to share the music from our new album with audiences ranging from the girls in the Jazz House Kids Chica program to students at the New School to audiences of all ages. Here is a picture diary from the tour – enjoy! read more…

Monika Herzig’s SHEroes Addresses Gender in Jazz

“You play good, for a girl.”

Every instrumentalist on the “Jazz and Gender” panel discussion at The New School on April 4 had received this backhanded compliment at some point in her career. The panel, comprising pianist and educator Monika Herzig, and five players from her all-women SHEroes band, was convened to address how gender bias affects female musicians’ training, career opportunities, as well as self-image.

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Live Music for a Longer Life

Did you know that attending live events bi-weekly has the potential to extend your life by nine years? Forget the Yoga and the Dog Walking and go to a live event to feel 21% after about 20 minutes – the Yoga only helps up to 10% and the Dog Walking 7%. And that happy feeling translates into a healthier person according to a recent study by O2 and Patrick Fagan, expert in behavioural science and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University. read more…

Jazz Girls Day Indiana

Image may contain: 6 people, including Monika Herzig, people smiling, people playing musical instruments and indoor“Let’s do it again next year” – the excitement was contagious as 20 girls packed up their instruments surrounded by their families who had come to witness the concert finale of the first Jazz Girls Day in Indiana. Guided by eight internationally acclaimed clinicians – Jamie Baum (flute), Shawn Goodman (clarinet), Monika Herzig (piano), Janiece Jaffe (vocals), Hannah Johnson (drums), Bethany Robinson (bass), Jennifer Siukola (trumpet), and Leni Stern (guitar) – the girls participated in a day of discussions, improvisation clinics, and combo coaching as well as had an opportunity to get to know each other. And to top it off – we did it not only once but twice – two days later with six young saxophone players in South Bend, Indiana. read more…