A deep love for jazz music first brought German-born pianist Monika Herzig to the United States. Since the 1990s, Herzig has been living in Bloomington, where she earned a doctorate in music education at Indiana University. While she currently holds a faculty position at the school, most Hoosier music fans know Herzig for her work off campus.

Herzig has been a prolific performer and recording artist during her time in Indiana, releasing around 20 albums as both a leader and member of the fusion group BeebleBrox. In addition to her work on the keys, Herzig has also distinguished herself as an author and advocate for women in jazz.

Herzig’s 2011 book David Baker — A Legacy in Music is not only an excellent biography of the late Indianapolis jazz legend, but an indispensable title for anyone seeking to learn more about Indy’s important jazz legacy. Herzig’s latest volume is titled Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion, an expert analysis of one of jazz music’s greatest keyboardists.

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