Volume IV, 2024

‘From you have I been absent in the spring’

William Shakespeare

From you have I been absent in the spring,

When proud pied April dress’d in all his trim

Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,

That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.

Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell

Of different flowers in odour and in hue

Could make me any summer’s story tell,

Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;

Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,

Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;

They were but sweet, but figures of delight,

Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,

As with your shadow I with these did play.

Dear Friends

Not one, but two Jazz Girls Days in Vienna and Linz, Austria this year - it's been an amazing and uplifting March! I'm grateful to all the organizers, sponsors, inspiring mentors, and personnel at the Jam Music Lab University in Vienna and the Anton Bruckner University in Linz who made it possible. Enjoy this video excerpt of our concert celebrating International Women's Day with the ending affirmation: Who Run the World - Girls!

I'm also excited to announce that my Big Band Arrangement of Just Another Day at the Office, the composition that was included in Terri Lyne Carrington's Berklee Publication: New Standards - 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers, is now available through the Alfred Publishing Catalogue. Follow this link to order and add to your Jazz Ensemble Repertoire.

Who will be at Jazz Ahead in Bremen, April 11-13? Let's meet and hang, send me a note. And come cheer on the Sheroes with Jamie Baum, Gina Schwarz, and Mareike Wiening at Club Night, Friday, April 12, 6pm at Etage, Info Here.

I will be Back Home in Indiana most of the month of May, celebrating our daughter Jasmin's graduation from IU with a BS in Software Engineering. Happy to make music with friends - let me know! I will also be in New York May 13 for the US Auditions for the Jam Music Lab University at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Please share this opportunity with anyone interested in studying Jazz, Popular Music, or Music Production in Vienna - here is the info, an amazing opportunity to spend time in one of the cultural capitals of the world.

And one more exciting announcement - mark your calendar for the BeebleBrox Reunion concert on July 25 for the Animals & All That Jazz Series in Indianapolis!

And stay tuned for tour and release announcements for All In Good Time, the 4th Sheroes recording celebrating our 10th Anniversary.

Happy Easter


Upcoming Events

Friday, April 5, Presentation at Rhythm Changes: Encounters, KUG Graz

Friday, April 12, 6pm, Sheroes Europe Edition @ Jazz Ahead Club Night Etage, Bremen

April 17 - 20, w. Javier Moreno Sanchez/ Jamie Baum Group, Madrid/ Bilbao - Spain

Friday, May 3, 6-8pm, First Friday Juniper Art Gallery Bloomington, Monika and Peter

Friday, May 10, 9:30-midnight, Chatterbox Jazz Club, Indianapolis, Monika Herzig Acoustic Project

Sunday, May 12, 2:30-5pm, Bokeh Lounge, Evansville, Monika and Peter

May 16-18, ISJAC Conference, Nashville, TN

Friday, May 31, Frau Mayer, Vienna

Tuesday, June 4, 9pm, Monika Herzig Trio Session Opener @ Loop Vienna

Friday, June 14, Sheroes Europe Edition, Rome

Sunday, June 23, Indiana Jazz Exchange celebrating Wes Montgomery, Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne

Two Video excerpts from our concert celebrating International Women's Day

New Publication Alert

Destination Unknown: Die Zukunft des Jazz includes 15 contributed chapters in this 18th collection of Research Papers edited by Wolfram Knauer. My chapter entitled 101 Action Items provides strategies towards achieving gender parity in jazz. The book is available through the Wolke Verlag and is in German.


JMLU holding auditions at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York


Prospective candidates should apply by May 1st, 2024 via email to auditions@jammusiclab.com, providing the following documents:

  • A description or documentation of previous musical experiences and projects, as well as prior musical education.
  • A curriculum vitae 
  • An unedited video featuring 2-3 meaningful musical performances by the applicant (preferably a recording of a live performance; professional video quality is not required, mobile phone recordings are sufficient).

From the submissions, a panel of judges will select finalists who will be invited to the audition. The auditions will take place on May 13th, 2024 at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, address: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, United States. More Info Here


We offer an extensive selection of more than seventy main artistic subjects within our degree programs. Students have the choice of a wide variety of disciplines, including pop and jazz singing, guitar, jazz piano, saxophone, trumpet, bass, drums, composition for film and games, song production and more.

For further Information about study programmes, tuition fees and more, click here.


Vienna's appeal as a study destination lies in its longstanding tradition of supporting and nurturing the arts. The city's commitment to fostering musical talent and promoting artistic development creates a vibrant atmosphere that continues to inspire and empower creators. In addition to its cultural legacy, Vienna boasts a high standard of living, safety, and overall quality of life.


The University provides compelling artistic and pedagogic studies focused on music ex-pression in the 20th and 21st centuries, transcending the conventional boundaries of classical music to encompass a wide array of innovative musical genres. Our programs highlight the profound influence of technology on the art, science, and industry of music.

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New Talking Jazz Episode with Volker Holly Schlott, winner of the German Jazz Prize in the Woodwind Category 2023

Talking Jazz Live with Peter Erskine - The ABCs of Jazz Education

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