It was a close encounter with the 1976 Pablo recording, Fitzgerald & Pass… which initially sparked Herzen’s now somewhat legendary love affair with jazz. Herzen is much under the spell of the writing of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Lennon & McCartney, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, Brecht & Weill and William Shakespeare. “A great song is just like a mini play,” she says. “It’s a powerful phenomenon. The personal becomes universal.” Her originals travel with style through many continents and moods in their explorations of the passions of the human heart.
Herzen’s extensive travels and life experiences give her much to write about, and her easy stage presence comes from years of performing in surprisingly varied circumstances. She’s played internationally as a solo artist and with Afro-pop and reggae bands and has performed in and directed off-Broadway musicals. She also leads the maverick Harlem-based Motéma label.
New release scheduled for Q4 2019.