Volume III, 2024

Talking Jazz with Peter Erskine

It was such a treat to realize one of my dreams of producing Talking Jazz live in the spirit of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with a musical encounter with Peter Erskine at the Jam Music Lab Spielraum in Vienna.

Here is an excerpt of our conversation on the ABCs of Jazz in Indiana and our version of David Baker's Kentucky Oysters- enjoy!

Dear March—Come in

Emily Dickinson 1830 –1886

Dear March—Come in—

How glad I am—

I hoped for you before—

Put down your Hat—

You must have walked—

How out of Breath you are—

Dear March, how are you, and the Rest—

Did you leave Nature well—

Oh March, Come right upstairs with me—

I have so much to tell—

I got your Letter, and the Birds—

The Maples never knew that you were coming—

I declare - how Red their Faces grew—

But March, forgive me—

And all those Hills you left for me to Hue—

There was no Purple suitable—

You took it all with you—

Who knocks? That April—

Lock the Door—

I will not be pursued—

He stayed away a Year to call

When I am occupied—

But trifles look so trivial

As soon as you have come

That blame is just as dear as Praise

And Praise as mere as Blame—

Dear Friends

Thank you for the outpouring of support for our Kickstarter Campaign for the new Sheroes album "All In Good Time" - we did it! The album is in production as we speak with a projected release date of July 2024 on Zoho Records. The group will tour the US the last week of August and first week of September, Europe in October, followed by a week at the Jazzmandu Festival in Nepal and a weekend in New Delhi- more details soon, please contact me if you'd like to present the group.

Everyone is invited to tune into the livestream for our 2nd annual concert in honor of International Women's Day on Saturday, March 9, 5:30 CET/ 11:30am EST. Please follow this link to register and tune in. The concert will feature some of Vienna's brightest contemporary and upcoming stars: Gina Schwarz - Bass, Teresa Muellner - Drums, Sophie Hassfurther - Saxophone, and students from the Jam Lab Music University and MDW. The grand finale will be a jam session with the participants of Jazz Girls Day Vienna, 35+ girls between the ages of 11-18. Of course, we also welcome live audience in the space, with champagne reception after the concert, Spielraum, Gasometer B, Vienna, March 9, 5pm, free admission.

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 Culture Institute. 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 finally, Sheroes Lite will perform for Jazz Ahead Club Night this year in Bremen, Friday, April 12, Etage, 6pm - see you there!

Happy Spring


Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 9, Jazz Girls Day Vienna, Registrations Open Here

Saturday, March 9, 5:30CET/ 11:30am EST International Women's Day Concert, FREE LIVESTREAM, Spielraum, Gasometer B, Vienna - Info and Register Here

March 13/14 Presentation at Gendering Music Matter Conference, University of Copenhagen

Saturday, March 16, Jazz Girls Day Linz, Registrations Open Here

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

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

Tuesday, April 16, 9pm, Monika Herzig Trio Session Opener @ Loop Vienna

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

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 Kendrick Oliver and his New Life Orchestra, enjoy!

And another excerpt from Talking Jazz Live with Peter Erskine - HOW TO FIND YOUR VOICE

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