school of jazz and contemporary music at the new school presents jazz and gender panel and sheroes concert

Panel Discussion and Concert Featuring SHEroes, Led By Pianist Monika Herzig, on April 4, 5-7pm


The issue of gender inequity in the world of jazz is not a new problem, but the conversation has been reignited by the wave of women speaking out about harassment and bias across many professional fields. For decades, women have made vital contributions to jazz music, but their work as composers, band leaders, and virtuoso improvisers has often gone unnoticed in a genre of music largely dominated by men. 

Please join us for an evening of vital discourse on the topic of jazz and gender, with a panel discussion moderated by Aja Burrell Wood, ethnomusicologist and professor of African American music at City College and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

Following the panel, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music presents SHEroes in concert, an international all-women band led by jazz pianist Monika Herzig. The group will be performing songs from the new SHEroes album released this month by Whaling City Sounds. 


SHEROES, created and led by pianist/composer Monika Herzig, features an international cast of virtuoso players - all women, all first-call talents - including Amanda Ruzza (bass, Brazil), Leni Stern (guitar, Germany/USA), Jamie Baum (flutes, USA), Reut Regev (trombone, Israel/USA), and Karina Colis (drums, Mexico).

Ably supported by this great band, pianist Herzig is its catalyst. As a Doctor of Music Education at Indiana University, she serves as a Senior Lecturer in Arts Management. Named the 2015 Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Hero for the city of Bloomington, she has also authored two critically praised books, Dr. David Baker – A Legacy in Music, forward by Quincy Jones (IU Press 2011) and Experiencing Chick Corea – A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).


Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00-7:00 pm in The Jazz Performance Space, 55 W. 13th Street, Room 531

The event is free, but members of the press must RSVP with Will Wilbur.


The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Musicfounded in 1986, is one of the most influential institutions of its kind. The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor approach to learning, its progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City. Notable faculty include Reggie Workman, bassist, bandleader, composer; Ben Allison, bassist, bandleader, composer; Cecil Bridgewater, trumpet; Robert Hurwitz, President, Nonesuch Records; Yosvany Terry, saxophonist, percussionist, bandleader, composer; and Jimmy Owens, trumpet. Among the many remarkable artists who have given master classes or lecture presentations are Cassandra Wilson, Randy Weston, Geri Allen, George Lewis, Marc Ribot, Fred Wesley, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Pauline Oliveros, Don Byron, Ben Sidran, Tommy LiPuma and George Wein.



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Will Wilbur, The New School
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