January: Jenny Herzog, Voice & Tap

Jenny Herzog is a classically trained, jazz-loving tap dancer, vocalist, and improvisational musician based in Boston. She grew up on the Great American Songbook, musical theater, Thelonious Monk, and the Nicholas Brothers.

While at Surel’s Place, Jenny plans to redirect her energy toward her own compositions. “I crave the time and space of a residency, where I can spend time creating, focusing on my own musical voice, and the work I need to do,” Jenny remarked before her arrival in Garden City. “I am just beginning to compose a whole repertoire of new and original works.”

Herzog spent her undergraduate years studying philosophy at Vassar College, then at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. There, she created the major, “Navigating Chaos and Structure: In Pursuit of Freedom and Art.” In New York she studied tap dance with Lynn Schwab, Barbara Duffy, Brenda Bufalino, and Heather Cornell. She recently graduated with her Masters in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory, where she studied voice with Hankus Netsky, Karen Holvik, Joe Morris, Linda Chase, and Bob Moses.

One of her professors, Hankus Netsky, has collaborated extensively with many top level artists including Itzhak Perlman (violinist), Theodore Bikel (originated the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and Joel Grey (originate the role of the EmCee in Cabaret). He says of Herzog “I see in Jenny the potential for true greatness. Given the opportunity, she can truly outshine many seasoned and far better known performers. It is truly thrilling to watch how audiences respond to her. I have especially been impressed with her ability to integrate tap dance into her musical performances.”

 


PUBLIC EVENTS

WORKSHOP
FREE PLAY: IMPROVISATION FOR ALL
Saturday, January 14, 1:00-3:00 pm
Registration required: www.surelsplace.eventbrite.com
Limited to 10
$10 | registration required  |  scholarships available: info@surelsplace.org
at Surel’s Place | 212 E 33rd, Garden City

Surel’s Place is proud to offer an afternoon with artist-in-resident Jenny Herzog exploring the relationship between body and voice. Jazz and tap dance are both fundamentally improvisational forms: human beings improvise all day long. Learn how to bridge the gap between being human and being a jazz musician. Experiment with transforming rhythmic phrases into tap dance. If you can speak a sentence, you can sing a phrase, and if you can sing a phrase, you can put the rhythm of that phrase into your body. You’ll learn some fundamental tap dance skills, and use your feet to convey rhythm and song. Through call-and-response, scat circles, improvisation games, and some fundamental tap dance skills; we will explore our abilities as rhythm-making machines, singers, and improvisational beings.

ALL-AGES PERFORMANCE
FOR ANOTHER DAY
Friday, January 20
Doors at 6:00pm I Performance 7 pm | All Ages
TICKETS: General seating $10* | Preferred seating: $14* | *$3 additional at door
The Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel: 2900 Chinden Blvd

For Another Day marks a turning point in Jenny Herzog’s career. With a past shaped by musical theatre, Great American Songbook, and standard jazz repertoire, here, Herzog turns the focus to her original compositions. Expect to hear some old favorites, some originals performed for the first time, and a whole lot of improvisation. Tap dance, treated as a percussive instrument, is integrated throughout.

With Camden Hughes (piano) and Troy Ferguson (bass)