Concert Spotlights Hoosier Jazz Legends

By: Lubeznik Center for the Arts Last Updated: July 14, 2010

Monika Herzig, acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and recording artist, returns to Lubeznik Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 1 at 7pm (Chicago Time). monika-herzig

Herzig’s concert spotlights legendary Indiana-born composers and songwriters including Cole Porter, Wes Montgomery, JJ Johnson, Hoagy Carmichael, David Baker, Mary Auferherde, Harry Von Tilzer, Freddie Hubbard and Julia Niebergall.

Like the great jazz cities of New Orleans and Chicago, Indiana has long been a destination for legendary jazz performers. Historic Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis was a mecca for jazz, having played host to such greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

A touring jazz artist, Herzig has performed at prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, opening for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting and the Dixie Dregs both in the US and Europe. She has produced five CDs and is a Downbeat Magazine award winner.

Herzig’s tributes cover many genres of jazz — from blues to swing to ragtime. Her husband, guitarist Peter Kienle, will perform with her in Lubeznik Center’s distinctive Hyndman Gallery. LaPorte County Poet Laureate Susan Block will set poetry to music.

Reservations for Herzig’s August 1 performance can be made by phone at 219-874-4900 or online at Doors open at 6:15 and the performance begins at 7pm (Chicago Time). Tickets are $6 for Lubeznik Center members and $10 for the public. Tickets will be held at the door.

The Lubeznik Center is located at 101 W. 2nd St., at the lakefront in Michigan City, IN. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Galleries are closed on Mondays. For more information please visit or call 219-874-4900. All times are based on Chicago time.