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Monika Herzig

Bloomington, IN            

In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig.  Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988. 

Since then she has completed a Doctorate in Music Education with minor fields in Jazz Studies from Indiana University where she is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Administration.  Her research focus is on jazz as a model for creativity and entrepreneurship with recent publication of her grant-supported project “The Jazz Jam Session Model for Group Creativity and Entrepreneurship” in the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Journal (MEIEA).  She is also the author of David Baker – A Legacy in Music, published in 2011 by IU Press and “Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion” by Rowman & Littlefield (October 2017).

As a touring jazz artist, she has completed numerous international tours and performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Birdland, the Manchester Craftsmen Guild, to name just a few.  Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

She has released more than a dozen CDs under her leadership on her own ACME Records as well as Owl Studios and Whaling City Sounds.  Her awards include a 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for Best Original Song, a Jazz Journalist Association Hero 2015 award, as well as grants from the NEA, the Indiana Arts Commission, MEIEA, among others. Her newest project “SHEroes” features the world’s leading female jazz instrumentalists including Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Ingrid Jensen, Jennifer Vincent, Ada Rovatti, Mayra Casales, Reut Regev, Lakecia Benjamin, Akua Dixon, and more. Monika Herzig ist a CASIO artist.

  Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”.

More info and sound samples at www.monikaherzig.com

SHEroes at Birdland

This is a description video of the group SHEroes featuring Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Reut Regev, Rosa Avila, and leader Monika Herzig

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Tiny Dorm Concerts IU

Sheroes featuring
Monika Herzig – piano
Jamie Baum – flute
Reut Regev – trombone
Bethany Robinson – bass
Karina Colis – drums

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Swagger by David Baker – with Manuel Fischer-Dieskau (Cello)

This is our recording of David Baker’s Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio with picture impressions

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles March 24 2014 | By Monika Herzig
1, 2, 3… Action

For the last article in my series on women in jazz this month, I would like to reflect on a 20th annual series of concerts that we just completed with...

Articles March 17 2014 | By Monika Herzig
But Can She Play?

The likelihood of a female teenager volunteering for an improvised solo in front of her peers that includes the option of failure is certainly smaller than her male band mate...

Articles March 10 2014 | By Monika Herzig
Unsung Heroes

There were plenty of capable and talented ladies involved with jazz from the beginnings of jazz history, but social expectations for the household matriarch did not include frequenting dance halls...

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