Maggie’s ‘Between the Music and the Moon’ released July 22, 2016, has just been nominated in the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Female Vocalist of the year and Jazz Album of the year. Produced by Bill Cunliffe and Maggie Herron with engineering and mastering by Paul Tavenner, it is available at iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
On this new set containing 12 original songs, Maggie is 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 include 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 brings a wealth of style and (draws from) a lifetime of musical experience every time she sits down to play. Born in Muskegon, Mi. into a brood 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 19, 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 had the honor to open concerts for Dave Brubeck, the Jazz Crusaders, and Phoebe Snow. She’s had the pleasure of recording with jazz luminaries, Brian Bromberg, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Sheppard, Grant Geissman and Doug Webb. She won the Hawaii Home Grown contest for best song, was a Hoku nominee for best singer in 2015 and won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Jazz in 2015 for her CD, ‘Good Thing”. Her 2016 CD, “Between the Music & the Moon”, features songs written with her daughter, lyricist Dawn Herron, and was released under their new label Herron Song Records.
Her 2014 CD, ‘In The Wings’, edited, remixed and mastered by Brian Bromberg and Tom McCauley, features 9 original songs, including 3 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.
(Due to a broken arm recently, Maggie will be on a hiatus until June when she returns to Lewers Lounge).
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.