The German-born jazz pianist Monika Herzig, who teaches music a couple of states over at the University of Indiana, is coming to the St. Louis area for two performances in May.
Herzig, who played here most recently at last year's St. Louis Art Fair, will back singer Jeff Hall for a gig at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at Lone Wolf Coffee Company, 15480 Clayton Road in Ballwin. Hall is a protege of the well-known Kansas City jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, and has just released his first recordings on the Mahogany Digital label. There will be a $5 cover at the door.
The pianist then will headline her own show starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at Robbie's House of Jazz. Herzig will be joined by a band including drummer Steve Davis, bassist Peter Kienle, singer Janiece Jaffee, and "possibly other surprise guests." Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for students with valid I.D.
In addition to teaching, Herzig also has performed at many clubs and festivals in the U.S. and Germany. She has recorded with the fusion group BeebleBrox and produced four albums of acoustic jazz as a leader, with another release planned for 2011.