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ARTICLE: RADIO

Notable Songs by 21st Century Women

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In this episode of A Broad Spectrum we feature some gorgeous new releases and we give birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Jeri Southern, Hank Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Josh Nelson, Tony Bennett, Connie Converse, Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Weinstein, and Baby Jane Dexter among others, focusing on some notable songs written by ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Monika Herzig: A Portrait of a Hero

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German-born and US-based pianist, author and composer Monika Herzig released her most accomplished work to date the sublime Sheroes in March of 2018. This cohesive album is a celebration of women in music and particularly jazz, on it Herzig's group of women instrumentalists stimulatingly interpret several originals and two covers. Herzig has a doctorate in music ...

Monika Herzig: Sheroes

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Composer and pianist Monika Herzig embarks on carefully scored passages against a bevy of broad sonic palettes on her 2018 release Sheroes.

Herzig has long championed female empowerment in jazz, as well as other forms of music. For Sheroes she assembled an international cast featuring many of the finest musicians in the world. A ...

Monika Herzig: Sheroes

Read "Sheroes" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist and composer Monika Herzig pays tribute to women in jazz, on her captivating Sheroes. The artistically superlative, all-female band explores various cadences, harmonies and moods on this exquisite album, all the while deftly maintaining thematic unity.

Eight of the tracks are originals by ensemble members, and two are Herzig-arranged covers. These are the ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Jazz Masters Barry Harris And Rufus Reid Featured At 2017 Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

Jazz Masters Barry Harris And Rufus Reid Featured At 2017 Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

From July 17-21 2017 The Jazz Institute of Chicago in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago will offer five days of interactive explorations of jazz via lectures, demonstrations, hands-on clinics and jam sessions during its 9th annual Straight Ahead Jazz Camp. Designed for adults age 18 and up and open to the general public, the camp provides ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

24 Jazz Heroes in 22 cities Announced by Jazz Journalists Association

24 Jazz Heroes in 22 cities Announced by Jazz Journalists Association

Educators, Presenters, Philanthropists, Fans, Players, Poet and Dentist Hailed as Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz Honored New York, NY: Two dozen “JazzHeroes"—activists of positive influence on their musical communities—have been announced today by the Jazz Journalists Association, a non-profit organization of media professionals, in collaborations with grassroots organizations andsupporters in 22 U.S. cities, launching ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

A Conversation with NEA Jazz Master David Baker

A Conversation with NEA Jazz Master David Baker

David Baker on the cello, which became his second instrument after an accident ended his trombone days. When friend and Jazz Education Network board colleague (and fine keyboardist in her own right) Monika Herzig—a proud Indiana University grad and student of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master David Baker—asked me to contribute a chapter to the ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Survey On Jazz Jam Sessions - Research Study By David Baker And Monika Herzig

Dear Jazz student/performer/educator: You are invited to participate in a research study about the role of the Jazz Jam Sessions as a learning tool for jazz musicians. If you are a possible subject because you perform or teach jazz on any level please take this survey. Completing the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. This is ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

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This article appears in Chapter 2 “A Star is Born" of David Baker: A Legacy in Music by Monika Herzig (Indiana Univ. Press, 2011).

The George Russell Sextet

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 23, 1923, George Russell started out as a drummer and soon entered the New York jazz scene.32 Bouts ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Heather Ramsey Lets the Music Flow in "Peace Like a River"

Vocalist Heather Ramsey Lets the Music Flow in "Peace Like a River"

Do you long for holiday music that takes you to a simpler time and place? Heather Ramsey, vocalist and CEO of The Midwest School of Voice, honored to be releasing her second CD with “Peace Like a River." Her soulful vocal style and poignant interpretations of holiday classics are a reflection of her diverse influences in ...