Listen to Maggie’s new single release of “In My Life” (Lennon/McCartney) with Larry Koonse on Guitar and Dean Taba on Bass on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/243391420 (Release date: Dec. 24-2017).
Maggie Herron’s CD, ‘Between the Music and the Moon’ is the winner of the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of the Year. Maggie was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. ‘ Co-produced by Bill Cunliffe and Maggie, the CD features 12 original songs with engineering and mastering by Paul Tavenner. It is available at iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby and released on Herron Song Records label.
Players include Maggie on piano and vocals with bassist Dean Taba and Abe Lagrimas on drums. Grammy Award winner, Bill Cunliffe, adds piano stylings and arrangements. Other featured artists are guitarist Grant Geissman, saxophonist/flutist Bob Sheppard and Alex Acuna on percussion.
“Right from the first smoky vocals, I was hooked on Maggie Herron’s style and a few minutes later on her composing skills..I listened to this (Between The Music & The Moon) CD for two days straight”. Musical Memoirs Blog
Maggie Herron was born in Muskegon, Mi. into a family of 12 children (she was number 9). She began taking piano lessons as a little girl and was the church organist by the age of 10. At 13, she performed Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Muskegon Symphony Orchestra and at 14 she was awarded a scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts, placing in the top 5 finalists in their piano concerto competition. She continued to study classical piano and voice throughout high school, performing in recitals and concerts, talent shows and musical theater productions.
At 18, with the late ’60’s idealism at her back, she was inspired up and out of her family home. She hitch-hiked across the U.S., landing in the Olympic National Rainforest in Washington State. There, in an off-the-grid cabin with only an old upright piano at her disposal, she started exploring pop and folk music, writing songs and weaving the new sounds with her classical training. Maggie began performing in Seattle, playing at the top of the Camlin Hotel, The Sorrento Hotel and appearing as a guest performer at Jazz Alley. Her exposure to other veteran Seattle musicians introduced her to R&B and jazz. Her writing and performing style continued to morph with these new influences. Eventually the gloomy weather propelled her even further west, where she found herself at home in Hawaii.
Maggie has been living, writing, swimming, recording and performing on Oahu, Lanai, and Hawaii’s “Big Island” for decades. She’s opened concerts for Dave Brubeck, the Jazz Crusaders, and Phoebe Snow. She’s recorded with jazz luminaries, Brian Bromberg, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Sheppard, Grant Geissman, Larry Koonse, Doug Lunn and Doug Webb. Other awards include the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of the Year in 2015 for her CD, ‘Good Thing” and best song award for the Hawaii Home Grown contest.
Her 2014 CD, ‘In The Wings’ was edited, mixed and mastered by Brian Bromberg and Tom McCauley and features 9 original songs and instrumentals. Maggie is on piano and vocals, with her long time partner Dean Taba on bass, and Noel Okimoto on drums. Other key players are Paul Lindbergh (sax and flute), Bob Sheppard (sax) and Doug Webb (sax).
Thousands of gigs, shows, concerts and recordings later, Maggie performs 4 nights a week at the sweetest spot in Honolulu, Lewers Lounge. There with bassist, Dean Taba and reed man, Rocky Holmes, she’s found the best of both worlds -the stunning natural backdrop of Waikiki and a Steinway 7’ grand piano.
In poetry, we borrow a word from Italian to describe our craft: stanza, or "room." The writer ushers us into the poem's rooms, asking us to recalibrate our understanding at each doorway. Maggie Herron's GOOD THING, a mix of covers and original songs, offers that same versatility of style and emotion.
An admirable range of styles, from the sly wit of the opening track “Wolf”, through the insistent rhythms of “I Can’t Get to Sleep” and the lush romanticism of the title tune. Herron’s smoky voice sounds like a mix of Cleo Laine and Dusty Springfield. All of the tracks exhibit a high level of musicality in both the compositions and the performances.