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Music at Butler: Jazz Combos

November 3, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Under the direction of Sandy Williams and Matt Pivec, the Butler Jazz Combos will feature the music of special guest artist, pianist/composer Monika Herzig. Herzig is described by the Jazz Journalists Association as possessing “Vast knowledge; boundless, focused energy and talent; generosity of spirit; cheerful and outgoing personality, and can-do attitude which benefits all whose lives she has touched, Monika Herzig is our Jazz Hero.”

Monika Herzig holds a Doctorate in Music Education with minor fields in Jazz Studies from Indiana University where she is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Administration.  She teaches courses on the Music Industry, Programming, and Arts Entrepreneurship.  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,  Experiencing Chick Corea with Rowman & Littlefield, 2017 and the editor of Jazz Education in Research and Practice (IU Press).

She is the host of Talking Jazz, a new radio program/ podcast broadcast weekly on WICR and WETF, as well as on podcast services and youtube.

As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as New York’s Birdland and Zinc Bar, Manchester Craftsmen Guild, Jazz Kitchen, Nighttown, 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 Sound.  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, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Indiana University, among others. Her newest project “SHEROES” (Whaling City Sound) features the world’s leading female jazz instrumentalists including Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Jennifer Vincent, Rosa Avila, Mayra Casales, Reut Regev, Ada Rovatti, and Ingrid Jensen and was recently featured on NPR’s Here and Now as well as cited as one of the best releases of 2018 in DownBeat Magazine, placing #31 on the year-end Jazz Week Charts. Thomas Garner from writes, I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”.

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This performance is free and open to the public, no ticket is required.


Masks are required to be worn by all patrons while in the venue. 

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