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Good Thing

by Maggie Herron

With a voice that grips the heart and soul, Maggie sings and plays a mix of original, pop and jazz standards. Brian Bromberg, Bob Sheppard and Rick Braun enhance what is already a compelling sound from an artist no longer in hiding.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Things Could Be Better
3:44 $0.99
2. The Very Thought of You
4:25 $0.99
3. Je t'aimerais
3:55 $0.99
4. Straighten' Up and Fly Right
3:45 $0.99
5. Cake
3:40 $0.99
6. Woodstock
6:30 $0.99
7. You Call It Madness I Call It Love
4:23 $0.99
8. Good Thing
3:01 $0.99
9. Baby Baby All the Time
4:00 $0.99
10. The More I See You
3:45 $0.99
11. Moon River
5:00 $0.99
12. Le printemps est arrive'
4:31 $0.99
13. Body and Soul
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Album Notes
"Jazz isn’t easy to embrace. It can be hard and cold, terribly cerebral, and living in the boondocks of harmonic counter-measures. It’s why the majority of music lovers go for the crowd-friendly beats of pop and R&B. Big Island jazz vocalist/pianist Maggie Herron is ready to turn the beat around. In her new release, Good Thing, due out September 9, she gives her standards and her original compositions a great big, warm hug.

That voice, deep and velvety, rich and uplifting, pulls out the sweetest melodies in eight greatly sourced covers and five she wrote on her own, two with daughter Dawn, the lyricist. You will waltz with your own daughter through the kitchen to Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” you will clutch at your chest remembering long-lost loved ones (“The Very Thought Of You”), you will quietly weep as Herron’s radiant kindness washes over you in classics like Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.” You will feel every note." from:

"Good Thing" was produced by the award-winning Brian Bromberg, who also contributes bass throughout, features five tracks written wholly or in part by Herron (two of those with her daughter Dawn) and eight interpretations of songs originating from the Great American Songbook and sources as diverse as Joni Mitchell (“Woodstock”) and Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer (“Moon River”). In addition to Herron’s voice and piano, the album features several top-shelf players from the jazz world, including guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, saxophonist Doug Webb, drummer Dave Tull and percussionist Alex Acuna. Herron and Bromberg have also called upon such high-profile guests as tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard (on three of the covers), trumpeter Rick Braun (who shares the vocal spot with Maggie on “Le Printemps est Arrive,” an original composition, and delivers a bright and uplifting solo on “The Very Thought of You”), and Geoffrey Keezer, who has written a stirring string arrangement to the title track, another original composition.

Maggie is the 9th of 12 children. Her parents, Martha and Ed Herron raised their children in Muskegon, Mi. where they owned and operated a grocery store. All of the kids worked shifts at the store stocking shelves, cleaning shop and running the cash register. Home was filled with siblings practicing on musical instruments, listening to Sinatra, pop and rock of the 50's and 60's while Maggie immersed herself in classical music. Her mother and oldest sister Mary mentored her in study that started with private lessons when she was 6 years old.

By the age of 10 she was the church organist and vocalist. As a teenager she won first place honors to perform Beethoven's 2nd piano concerto with the Muskegon symphony orchestra and soon after won a scholarship to the summer music program at Interlochen. Maggie was in the top five finalists there for the piano concerto competition. Throughout High shcool she acted in school dramas and musicals and performed semi annual recitals from a classical piano and voice repertoire.

She began performing in Seattle as a soloist on piano and vocals from 72‘-76‘ at the Camlin hotel, The Sorrento Hotel, University Towers and other local venues. During those years she met and became the featured guest in concerts by George Winston and Scot Cossu of the Windham Hill label.

In 1976 she moved to the Big Island from Seattle and was offered a steady performing engagement. Over the next decade she won the Hawaii Homegrown contest for best song and performance out of 300 entries.

She opened concerts for Dave Brubeck, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Olomana, and The Jazz Crusaders, and produced 2 albums of her music and countless demos while performing locally several nights a week.

As a keyboardist and vocalist with both Cecelio and Kapono in club and concert venues she worked with 4 and 5 piece groups as lead singer for 3 years in Honolulu at Shelby’s and Nick’s Fishmarket.

Maggie left for California in 1987 where she was active as a song writer and recording artist, opening concerts for Phoebe Snow and Michael Franks, she was also the president of the Santa Barbara Song Writer’s Guild for 2 years.

She performed in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Westlake, as well as a long engagement in L.A. at the Hyatt on Sunset Blvd. and special engagements at At My Place. She was hired by MGM to write and perform songs for the film, Spellbinder.

Being a lover of nature and quiet surroundings she returned home to Hawaii in 1990, choosing to live on Lanai where she was the principle musician for 12 years at Manele Bay Hotel. For 3 years she hosted a jazz show as "Radio Maggie" for a local Hawaii station which featured jazz of all eras with commentary from Maggie.

Maggie now lives in Honolulu and performs in the Lewers Lounge every Wed.-Sat. nights.

"Thirty years of experience are personified in a voice that is remarkable for its depth and range. Herron's diction is precise and she's quite adept at evoking emotions in her listeners."
Technorati Music

"From her French language track to a surprising cover of "Woodstock" there is a harmonious ebb and flow to this recording that becomes more engaging the longer you listen... an honest and refreshing portrait of an artist who would appear to be not only comfortable with who she is but with the direction she is heading."
Digital Jazz News



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