Fred Hersch

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Colony Fellow and jazz pianist Fred Hersch performs tunes associated with Sonny Rollins’s career in a tribute performance under the Medal Day tent.
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The Fred Hersch Trio gives a free jazz concert under the Medal Day tent in honor of Sonny Rollins. Left to right: Colony Fellow Fred Hersch, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Eric McPherson
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Performance by Fred Hersch at 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival
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Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. From the late 70's onward as a sideman to jazz legends including Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, he has solidified a reputation as a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer and conceptualist. He is widely recognized for his ability to steadfastly create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire – investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique. Whether unaccompanied, in duo, working with trios and quintets, Hersch has explored the jazz tradition to its fullest even as he opens new and undiscovered doors. Hersch's numerous accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, two Grammy® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. He has appeared on over one hundred recordings, including more than two-dozen albums as bandleader/solo pianist.

His career as a performer has been greatly enhanced by his composing activities, a vital part of nearly all of his live concerts and recordings. In 2003, Hersch created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry for two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet; the work was presented in March 2005 in a sold-out performance at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of a six-city US tour. Hersch has toured with concert pianist Christopher O'Riley ("Heard Fresh: Music for Two Pianos") and he has also collaborated with artists ranging from Bill Frisell, Toots Thielemans and Charlie Haden to singers Renée Fleming, Norma Winstone and Audra McDonald. He has received commissions from The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The Gramercy Trio and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus. His solo piano compositions and chamber music are published by Edition Peters. Naxos Records has released Fred Hersch: Concert Music 2001-2006, a disc of his through-composed "classical" works.

Hersch is considered to be the most prolific and widely-praised solo jazz pianist of his generation. In 2006, Palmetto Records released the solo disc Fred Hersch in Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis; its release led to Hersch becoming the first pianist in the 70-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play an entire week as a solo pianist shortly after the disc's release. In addition, he leads a trio, a quintet and has ongoing special collaborations with jazz and classical instrumentalists and vocalists around the world. His newest project features an unconventional line-up of piano, trumpet, voice and percussion; The Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard will be released in April 2009 on Sunnyside Records.

Hersch has acted as a passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993. He has produced and performed on four benefit recordings four benefit recordings and at numerous concerts for the charities Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS that have raised over $250,000 to date.

Hersch has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor and on a wide variety of National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360 and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Hersch has also been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and six composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony. He conducted a Professional Training Workshop for Young Musicians at The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and was awarded the Branigan Lectureship at Indiana University in 2004. A committed educator, has taught at The New School and Manhattan School of Music; he is currently a visiting professor at Western Michigan University and is on the Jazz Studies faculty of The New England Conservatory.

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Articles on Fred Hersch

08/30/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Floating
Fred Hersch Trio

07/01/14    News    By JazzTimes

From Fred Hersch: An Open Letter re the Outbeat Jazz Festival

04/08/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Fred Hersch Duo Series Coming to Jazz Standard May 6-11

12/17/13    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Free Flying
Fred Hersch & Julian Lage

09/14/13    Voices in Jazz    By Roseanna Vitro

Fred Hersch: Wisdom for Singers

05/10/13    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

JT Notes: Editor Evan Haga Introduces the May 2013 Issue

12/28/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Fred Hersch’s 'My Coma Dreams’ to Be Performed at Columbia University

10/01/12    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Alive at the Vanguard
Fred Hersch Trio

09/11/12    Features    By Josef Woodard

Five Years Beyond: Musicians Reflect on 9/11

07/25/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Fred Hersch Trio to Release 2-Disc Live Album, Tour in Fall

08/08/11    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Caramoor Jazz Festival 2011

07/26/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Fred Hersch’s Influences to Be Exhibited in NYC

07/10/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Caramoor International Music Festival Planned for Aug. 5-7

May 2011    Albums    By Michael J. West

Alone at the Vanguard
Fred Hersch

May 2011    Albums    By Michael J. West

Alone at the Vanguard
Fred Hersch

12/05/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz News & Stories From Around the World

March 2010    Farewells    By Fred Hersch

George Russell

04/30/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New England Conservatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Jazz Studies

December 2008    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

This We Know
Michael Moore & Fred Hersch

June 2007    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Night and the Music
Fred Hersch

June 2007    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Night and the Music
Fred Hersch

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch
Nancy King

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch
Nancy King

April 2006    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis
Fred Hersch

April 2006    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis
Fred Hersch

April 2005    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

Leaves of Grass
Fred Hersch

April 2005    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

Leaves of Grass
Fred Hersch

March 2005    News    By Geoffrey Himes

Fred Hersch: Piano Poetry

08/02/04    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival 2004

April 2004    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Trio Plus Two
Fred Hersch Trio

March 2004    At Home    By David R. Adler

Fred Hersch

September 2003    Features    By Thomas Conrad

Village Vanguard Recordings: Being There

June 2003    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Songs and Lullabies
Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone

January/February 2003    Features    By Nate Chinen

Fred Hersch: Songs of Himself

December 2001    Features    By James Gavin

Homophobia in Jazz

May 2001    Albums    By Mark Stryker

Songs Without Words
Fred Hersch

March 1999    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Songs We Know
Fred Hersch/Bill Frisell

May 1998    Albums    By Duck Baker

Thelonious: Fred Hersch Plays Monk
Fred Hersch

September 1997    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Thirteen Ways
Fred Hersch/Michael Moore/Gerry Hemingway

March 1997    Albums    By Deni Kasrel

Plays Rodgers and Hammerstein
Fred Hersch

Albums

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Songs We Know

Nonesuch Records
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Thelonious: Fred Hersch Plays Monk

Nonesuch Records

Evanessence: A Tribute to Bill Evans

Evidence Music
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Songs Without Words

Nonesuch Records

Live at the Village Vanguard

Palmetto Records
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Songs and Lullabies

Sunnyside
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Trio Plus Two

Palmetto Records
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Leaves of Grass

Palmetto Records
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Leaves of Grass

Palmetto Records
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In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis

Palmetto Records
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Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch

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Night and the Music

Palmetto Records

Plays Rodgers and Hammerstein

Nonesuch Records
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Thirteen Ways

GM Recordings
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This We Know

Palmetto Records
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Whirl

Palmetto Records
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Alone at the Vanguard

Palmetto Records
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