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Monika Herzig

“The Whole World in Her Hands”

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Publicity: Jazz Kitchen, Jazz History OnlineThe Oberlin Review, Indiana Daily StudentJAZZIZ MagazineThe Daily Progress, Melodiva CD News

Radio Promotion: New World ‘N Jazz, Peaked at #20, on chart for 16 weeksscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-1-25-33-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-1-32-26-pm

 

CDs: Distribution: NAXOS of America

Mixed Media Client since: 2015

Personnel: Personnel List for Back Cover
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Library Bookwatch: June 2016
Jazz artist, pianist, composer, and educator Monika Herzig presents The Whole World in Her Hands, a jazz album enriched with the performances of expert musicians from around the globe – guitarist Leni Stern (Germany/NYC), percussionist Mayra Casales (Cuba),trombonist Reut Regev (Israel), flutist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett (Canada), drummer Arianna Fanning (Indian-American), and more. Both original compositions and expressive rearrangements of classic hits are present in this extraordinary album, enhanced with bonus video content. The tracks are “Plenty of Nothing” (5:06), “Mosquitoes” (4:14), “The Cat That Stole The Moon” (3:04), “In a Nutshell” (5:26), “Song for Argentina” (5:49), “istop” (5:30), “Royals” (5:22), “Oh Muddy Waters” (4:59), “2-Way Mirror” (4:32), “A Total Non-Impossibility” (5:40), “Peaceful Piece” (3:48), and “The Whole World In Her Hands” (5:09).
Also highly recommended for jazz connoisseurs is the album “Swing That Music!” ($14.99, in which vocalist/soprano sax player Danny Bacher and associates pay tribute to the legendary jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan, with vibrant performances of some of their most widely beloved songs.
CD Review
By
Norman Vickers
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Monika Herzig:
The Whole World In Her Hands
Whaling City Sound
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Monika Herzig is a performing pianist, educator and author.  She has assembled a group of talented women musicians to perform on this recording.  She brings guitarist Leni Stern (Germany/NYC), percussionist Mayra Casales (Cuba), Flutist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett (Canada), saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin( USA/NYC) and bassists Linda Oh (Malaysia/Australia) Anna Butterss(Australia) and  cellist Jennifer Vincent(USA) and uses them in varying combinations.  Ms. Herzig plays piano on all twelve tracks.
There ís plenty of excellent piano on this recording but it ís the ensemble which is featured.
One possible drawback for the average listener is that all twelve pieces are new except for a reworking of “The Whole World in Her Hands” (Get it?)  It ís challenging to the average jazz listener to listen to new compositions. Ms. Herzig plays on all numbers but she assembles groups in varying combinations.  One of my favorite cuts is “Peaceful Piece” featuring piano, bass, flute, alto sax and trombone. There ís much here to appreciate as Ms. Herzig has put the ensembles together with thoughtfulness.  So, give this one a listen and stretch your “ears.”
This was recorded at New York’s Avatar Studio May and August 2014 and produced by Suzi Reynolds.  Ms. Reynolds spent a few years in Pensacola before launching her successful career as producer in New York.  I’m pleased to see and hear this latest triumph from a longtime friend.
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Monika Herzig is a fearless and complete jazz artist touring internationally as a pianist, bandleader,award winning author, and advocate for jazz music, its genres and its players. It’s not surprising that great talent is at the center of her work. In this stunning and contemporary project, Monika showcases her artistry and those of top women band-leaders and composers working in jazz today. Her intelligence and depth are audible in these songs, from unexpected and exciting originals, to re-arrangements ofthe traditional (“The Whole World In His Hands”) to current hit (“Royals”). Bringing together an All Star international band including the likes of guitarist Leni Stern (Germany/NYC), percussionist Mayra Casales (Cuba), flutist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett (Canada), drummer Arianna Fanning (Indian-American), bassist Jennifer Vincent (USA), trombonist Reut Regev (Israel), flutist Jamie Baum (USA/NYC), alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (USA/NYC) and bassist Linda Oh (Malaysia/Australia) to play this panoply of music has created a whole that is truly greater than the sum of its impressive parts.
Show Dates:
8.20 Bloomington, Women in Jazz, B’town Jazzfest, 5:40pm

8.20 Indianapolis, IN, Monika Herzig Trio with Peter Kienle & Lawrence Clark, Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, 7-11pm

8.20 Bloomington, The Time Flies Peter KienleMonika Herzig, Quinn Sternberg, Chris Parker, Btown Jazz Fest Court House Square, 2:30pm

8.21 Bloomington, B’town Jam Session, Oliver Winery, 1-4pm

8.26 Indianapolis, Earplane original latin Peter KienleMonika Herzig, Neal Heidler, Lawrence Clark,
Artsgarden Illinois & Washington, 12:15-1:15

8.27 Cincinnati, OH, w/ B. J. Janson, Greenwich, time TBA

8.28 Bloomington, B’town Jam Session, Oliver Winery, 1-4pm

9.2 Bloomington, Topos 403, 7-10pm

9.3 Indianapolis, IN, Monika Herzig Trio with Peter Kienle & Lawrence Clark, Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, 7-11pm

9.10 Indianapolis, IN, Monika Herzig Trio with Peter Kienle & Lawrence Clark, Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, 7-11pm

9.15 Bloomington, Monika Herzig trio, C3, 7-9pm

9.17 Indianapolis, IN, Monika Herzig Trio with Peter Kienle & Lawrence Clark, Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, 7-11pm