High quality jazz duos, trios, combos and classical piano/ organ by an experienced and professional recording artists with a Doctorate from Indiana University
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: French, German
What to Expect
My groups feature highly qualified and educated musicians, often associated with the largest music school in the US right here at IU. The repertoire is always tailored to the demographics of the audience and need of the client - special requests are more than welcome. After more than 30 years in the Music Business with much acclaim
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.
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 (link hidden) writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat 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. For current tour listings and sound samples/ videos visit (link hidden).
Distinctive originals and well-chosen standards reveal Herzig’s warmhearted, reflective side and her cleverly playful nature.
Nancy Ann Lee, Jazz Times contributor and co-editor of MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide
“A lovely example of a thoroughly schooled, thoroughly modern jazz pianist.”
Cherilee Wadsworth Walker, Eastern Illinois University
Additional Booking Notes
We provide anything from solo piano to larger combos - all instruments including piano can be provided, we do need a leveled floor and access to power. If needed we can provide microphones for speeches.
Some examples representing the different genres:
The Great American Songbook - George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael
Big Band Hits - Duke Ellington, Count Basie
Standards - Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett
R&B - Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Bruno Mars
Pop - Carole King, Beatles, Lorde
Blues - B.B. King, Robert Johnson
Influences & Inspiration
Our jazz and beyond repertoire ranges from Louis Armstrong to Duke Ellington to Chick Corea to Stevie Wonder to Carole King and far beyond
We bring everything needed - if the event is larger than for 100 people consider renting a PA