Acoustic Project
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  • Ballad For A Snowman
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (05:30) [12.58 MB]
  • The Coventry Carol
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (04:46) [10.9 MB]
  • O Christmas Tree
    Genre: (Choose a Genre)
    MP3 (04:53) [11.19 MB]
  • Evening Mood
    Genre: Samba
    MP3 (05:00) [11.43 MB]
  • You're So Vain
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (05:52) [13.45 MB]
  • One For The Box
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (05:27) [12.47 MB]
  • Softly We Say Good-bye
    Genre: Latin
    MP3 (04:36) [10.53 MB]
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (07:44) [17.7 MB]
  • Spring Fever
    Genre: Salsa
    MP3 (04:00) [9.16 MB]
  • Dancing in November
    Genre: Latin
    MP3 (05:30) [12.59 MB]
  • Once Upon a Summer Day
    Genre: Samba
    MP3 (03:56) [9.01 MB]
  • The Musicians Say
    Genre: Latin
    MP3 (05:48) [13.28 MB]
  • Imagine
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (06:01) [13.79 MB]
  • The Hill Country
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (04:01) [9.2 MB]
  • One Size Fits All
    Genre: Jazz
    MP3 (05:16) [12.06 MB]
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In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Clevelands Nighttown, Louisvilles Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

Recently she has received her third Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in support of her newest CD project. Her previous release In Your Own Sweet Voice A Tribute to Women Composers has received much praise. Thomas Garner from writes, I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition Lets Fool One and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.

The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as Carole Kings Youve Got a Friend, Kern/ Hammersteins The Song Is You, and Charlie Parkers Yardbird Suite. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Thursday and Saturday at Ricks Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. For current tour listings and sound samples/ videos visit

Distinctive originals and well-chosen standards reveal Herzig's warmhearted, reflective side and her cleverly playful nature.
Nancy Ann Lee, Jazz Times contributor and co-editor of MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide

A lovely example of a thoroughly schooled, thoroughly modern jazz pianist.
Cherilee Wadsworth Walker, Eastern Illinois University

The lady can get down and play!
John W. Patterson, AAJ Fusion/ Progressive Editor


1994 Down Beat Magazine "Best Original Composition" Winner for Let's Fool One

1994-1996 Two times finalist with BeebleBrox and
winner with Oliver Nelson jr. in WTPI Winter Jazzfest Competition, Indianapolis

2000, 2003, 2005 Individual Artist Grant recipient, Indiana Arts Commission

Selected Discography

with BeebleBrox

with Monika Herzig Acoustic Project

Past Appearances

Opening Slots with BeebleBrox for Tower of Power, Sting, Santana, Yes, Bette Middler, Dixie Dregs

Selected Festival Appearances:

Indy Jazzfest

W.C. Handy Festival

Broadripple Arts Fair

Lancaster Festival

Jazz & Rib Fest

Columbus Jazzfestival

First Night Mobile

Jazz in July


Selected Club Appearances USA:

Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox (Indianapolis)

Grundy's Music Room (Birmingham, AL)

Jazz Factory (Louisville)

Bop Shop (Chicago)

Rusty's (Toledo)

  • Members:
    Monika Herzig, Peter Kienle, Frank Smith, Steve Davis
  • Sounds Like:
    Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans
  • Influences:
    Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans
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    06/08/18 20:56:09

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