Volume VI, 2024

That's Life

Kelly Gordon/ Dean Kay

That's life (that's life)

That's what all the people say

You're riding high in April, shot down in May

But I know I'm gonna change that tune

When I'm back on top, back on top in June

I said that's life (that's life)

And as funny as it may seem

Some people get their kicks

Stomping on a dream

But I don't let it, let it get me down

Cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin' around...

Dear Friends

The best time of the year has arrived - the sign of Gemini. Happy Birthday to all my Gemini friends and me - smart, passionate, and dynamic! Bloomington friends - we'll combine the annual Gemini party with the Leos this year (good companions - I married one), look out for an invite in July.

EXCTING NEWS: The international release date for All In Good Time, the fourth Sheroes Album celebrating our 10th Anniversary, is set for July 19. All Kickstarter rewards will be mailed then and the CD Release Tours start August 25 - see detailed listings below. We are immensely grateful for the support by a Jazz Road Touring Grant from South Arts for our US Tour and a USArtist International Grant by MidAtlantic Arts for our week at the Jazzmandu Festival. US promoters and schools - we can offer August 29, 31, and September 2 in the Midwest and East Coast, supported by Jazz Road Tours - send me a note for details!

June is full of exciting appearances in Vienna, Rome, Cologne and via livestream - detailed info at links and in calendar below.

May 31, 8pm - our new trio debut at Frau Mayer in Vienna

June 4, 9pm - Session opener at Loop, Vienna


June 18/19 - Duke Ellington @ 125 Symposium and Concerts - live and livestream @ Jam Music Lab University, Gasometer - Spielraum, Vienna

June 23 - Indiana Jazz Exchange Cologne: Celebrating Wes Montgomery

June 28 - with tap dancer Thomas Marek @ Drakon, VIenna

It was a great honor to present at the Symposium of the International Society for Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC) in Nashville along with John Clayton, Danilo Perez, Darcy James Argue, Rufus Reid, John Beasley, Anat Cohen, and so many more. Our International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz (INARJ) currently has an open call for our 4th Symposium - more info here, consider joining us in Vienna in October.

Below find the detailed calendar, some more info items, videos and music - enjoy, and Happy Summertime!


Upcoming Events

Friday, May 31, 8pm, Frau Mayer, Vienna

Tuesday, June 4, 9pm, Session Opener @ Loop Vienna

Friday, June 14, Sheroes Europe Edition, Diva's Jazz, Rome

June 18/19 Duke Ellington @125 Symposium, JAM Music Lab, Gasometer Spielraum with Keynotes by John Hasse, Laurent Mignard, Evening Concert featuring Chanda Rule, Danny Grissett, Monika Herzig, Maya Jaku, Herwig Gradischnig, Miroslav Mirosavjlev, and Jam Lab students and faculty, Talking Jazz Live with Monika Herzig and Danny Grissett

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

Friday, June 28, Drakon, Vienna with Thomas Marek

Wednesday, July 3, 5:45pm, Frau Mayer, Vienna, Peter and Monika

Wednesday, July 17, 7:30pm Blockhourse, Bloomington - Monika Herzig Acoustic Project

Saturday, July 20, 9:30pm, Chatterbox, Indianapolis - Monika Herzig Acoustic Project

Thursday, July 25, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Animals & All That Jazz, Indianapolis Zoo, BeebleBrox Reunion

Wednesday, July 31, noon, Eskenazy Hospital Indianapolis, Monika Herzig piano

Friday, August 2, 5:30pm, Juniper Arts Gallery, Bloomington - First Friday with Monika and Peter

Friday, August 23, 9:30pm, Chatterbox, Indianapolis - Monika Herzig Acoustic Project

SHEROES 10th Anniversary Album Release Tour

US Tour supported by Jazz Road Tours

August 25 Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis

August 26 Private Concert, Bloomington

Augsut 27 Caffe Vivace, Cincinnatti

August 28 Merriman's Playhouse, South Bend

August 30 Bop Stop, Cleveland

Sep 1 DC Jazz Festival

Sep 3 Charlottesville Jazz Society

Europe/ Nepal/ India supported by USArtist International

October 11 Stockwerk, Graz

October 12 Theater Tribüne, Linz

October 13 Porgy & Bess, Wien

October 14 Ella & Louis, Mannheim

October 16 Jazzwoche, Hannover

October 18 Biberach Jazzclub

October 19 Femina Jazz, Cafe Berlin, Madrid

October 22-31 Jazzmandu Festival, Nepal

November 1/2 Piano Man, New Delhi

Another sneak preview to the upcoming Sheroes Album - I wrote the song Arrival in Forever shortly after Chick Corea's passing in 2021. On June 12 would have been his 83rd birthday, this is also my birthday, and it would have been Geri Allen's 67th birthday - Happy Heavenly Birthday to both of my (S)Heroes.

Opportunity Alert

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Trust Foundation in collaboration with the Jazz Education Network is offering a Jazz Research Fellowship - applications open until October 15. More info here.. Article submissions to Jazz Education in Research and Practice are also open here.

Streaming Links - click on the image of your favorite service, like, download, share, play often!

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New Talking Jazz Episode with Finnish World Music/ Jazz guitarist Jussi Reijonen where we chat about his incredible range of ethnic styles and virtuosity - also a fellow attendee at the ISJAC conference.

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