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FRED HERSCH, pianist and composer, has been called "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Downbeat. 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. 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 has appeared on over one hundred recordings, including more than two-dozen albums as bandleader/solo pianist.
Hersch is considered to be the most prolific and widely-praised solo jazz pianist of his generation. His newest solo CD Alone at the Vanguard (Palmetto), was recorded live at the legendary club. In addition, he leads a trio, a quintet and has ongoing special collaborations with jazz and classical instrumentalists and vocalists around the world. A recent project features an unconventional line-up of piano, trumpet, voice and percussion; The Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard came out in April 2009 on Sunnyside Records. His latest release is The Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl, was released in June 2010 on Palmetto Records.
He is currently a visiting professor at Western Michigan University and on the Jazz Studies faculty of both the Juilliard School and The New England Conservatory. www.fredhersch.com
Photo by: David Bartolomi