Jazz Singer & Tap Dancer

Jenny Herzog

(Boston ) Artist Website Artist-in-Residence January Residency Year: 2017


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, Herzog redirected 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,” Herzog remarked before her arrival in Garden City. “I am just beginning to compose a whole repertoire of new and original works.” Herzog performed For Another Day where she sang and danced both old and new pieces of work. She also hosted a workshop to teach others how to bridge the gap between being human and being a jazz musician by connecting words to rhythm and then rhythm to dancing.

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.”