Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
Fred Hersch, piano
Friday, July 9 | 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $34 general | $20 students
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Pianist Fred Hersch is truly a "musician's musician." His
esteem among his fellow artists and his influence on the jazz zeitgeist
are enormous. Whether he's performing his own original music or
interpreting a classic, everything he plays is transformed and enhanced
by his unmistakable musical personality.
With technique and versatility
seasoned by years of working as a sideman with such luminaries as Art
Farmer, Joe Henderson, and Stan Getz, Hersch has emerged in the last
few decades as a leader of eclectic and surprising ensembles, a prolific
recording artist with over 45 albums, and a composer of consummate
skill and adventurous sensibility.
Honored with a 2003 Guggenheim Foundation
Fellowship, an NEA grant and several Grammy nominations, Hersch's
influence on the sound of contemporary jazz extends beyond his own
playing; he has been a mentor to such influential pianists as Ethan
Iverson of the Bad Plus and Brad Mehldau.
His 2009 album Fred Hersch Plays Jobim (which was actually recorded
much earlier, but rediscovered in 2008 when Hersch was critically ill - he's
since recovered) is what the New York Times has dubbed "one of
his deepest records." Through the prism of Hersch's inimitable
solo piano style, Jobim's songs sparkle with "a loveliness
that reaches down into the heart" (All About Jazz).
New York Times Profile by David Hajdu
Fred Hersch – "O Grande Amor"
Fred Hersch – "Meditacao"
Fred Hersch, "Modinha"
Hersch performing at the Chivas Jazz Festival, 2002
playing "Lazin' Around," at Birdland, 2009