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. 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, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
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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
The lady can get down and play!
John W. Patterson, AAJ Fusion/ Progressive Editor
Willing to teach