“My goal and hope is to offer this work as model for young women contemplating a career in music by seeing and hearing what these women from all over the world have managed to accomplish, despite many difficulties,” said Herzig, who has long championed the role of women in jazz.
Herzig and her fellow musicians performed a release concert at St. Peter’s Church in New York City in June and will tour the U.S.’s East Coast and Midwest in late September. Herzig will spend the summer teaching, recording, performing, and presenting throughout Europe.
Herzig is also collaborating with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra on Basically Baker Volume 2. The album is a tribute to the late jazz legend David Baker, a performer, composer, and distinguished professor who founded the jazz studies program at Indiana University. It will feature Baker’s big band pieces, many of which have never been recorded and released.
Basically Baker Volume 2 is scheduled for release in September by Patois Records, and all proceeds from the sale of the album will go directly to the David N. Baker Scholarship Fund, which assists students entering the jazz studies program in IU’s Jacobs School of Music.
Both albums were partially financed using the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The funding campaigns included opportunities to purchase things like signed CDs, bonus recordings, Herzig’s biography, David Baker: A Legacy in Music (IU Press, 2011), private concerts, and lessons with the musicians. Money raised was used to cover the initial recording, publicity, and travel costs.
Although crowdfunding has become a relatively common way to support other types of indie music projects, jazz audiences have yet to fully embrace its potential. Herzig is working hard to change this so that jazz musicians can find new ways to pay for recording sessions and the costs of producing a major project without relying on increasingly rare studio advances.