Indianapolis-based pianist & composer extraordinaire leads a cast of female all-star instrumentalists in very special BLU debut! Featuring Monika Herzig, Jennifer Vincent, Rosa Avila, Jamie Baum, Leni Stern, Reut Regev.
Monika Herzig has experienced first hand how difficult it is for women to break into the jazz world. With her passion for excellent music and empowering fellow musicians, “The Whole World in Her Hands” was born.
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 her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member in Arts Administration. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press, a Listener’s Guide to Chick Corea is forthcoming on Littlefield & Rowan. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
“Distinctive originals and well-chosen standards reveal Herzig’s warmhearted, reflective side and her cleverly playful nature…”
- Nancy Ann Lee, JazzTimes contributor
Her newest release, The Whole World in Her Hands, on Whaling City Sounds features a cast of female all-star instrumentalists including Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Jane Bunnett, Lakecia Benjamin, Linda Oh, Reut Regev, Jennifer Vincent, Arianna Fanning, Mayra Casales, and Anna Butterss. Previous releases on Owl Studios and ACME Records received rave reviews. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 DownBeat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.