Monika Herzig's SHEROES @ BOP STOP
When: Oct 26, 2018, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Where: BOP STOP
The jazz super-group of the year is right here –SHEROES! Pianist-composer Monika Herzig convened this amazing group for a second recording by distinguished improvising virtuosi who are all, not just incidentally, women. Monika’s deft, always supportive pianism and her warm, joyous, practical sensibility marks every tune of SHEROES. The release features an international cast of players: Reut Regev (Israel) trombone; Peter Kienle (USA) bass; Ada Rovatti (Italian) tenor sax; Jamie Baum (NYC) flute; Leni Stern (Germany/NYC) electric guitar; Rosa Avila (Mexico/NYC) drums; Myra Casales (Cuba), percussion and Ingrid Jensen (Canada) trumpet. Each member is a first call, in demand jazz artist for multiple groups and a leader/composer/arranger in her own right. Herzig does much of the writing, but Regev, Baum, Vincent, and Stern all contribute compositions, alongside a few covers, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “House of the Rising Sun.”
“These are all incredibly accomplished musicians, working hard and often sacrificing other opportunities, family time and resources to do what they do and to perform in this group,” Herzig says of her colleagues.
Together, on this second recording, they are, in the broadest sense, a model of empowerment. As an ensemble, they stand unequivocally as a musical force, with deftness, invention, enthusiasm and ambition. This is extraordinary stuff that deserves your attention.
The album was nominated for Album of the Year in the 2018 DownBeat Readers Poll and is still in the Top 50 in the Jazz Radio Charts, peaking at #6
“Female musicians now win competitions, lead bands large and small, and set new trends in improvised music… Powerful!” ~Bob Blumenthal/GRAMMY Winning Journalist
“Each song is engaging, the playing accomplished and inspiring.” ~ JAZZIZ