Fred Hersch Trio

Pianist and composer Jason Moran claims "Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He's perfection." Hersch is a living master. His indelible, gorgeous stamp has been etched mindfully over a vast array of recorded works from the London Pops to Johnny Mathis, from Bill Frisell to Art Farmer, from Gary Burton to the Manhattan Transfer, from Renée Fleming to VJC founder, Attila Zoller (bootlegs recorded at the famed Moles Eye in Brattleboro). Add to this over 40 albums recorded under his own leadership and you've got thousands of stories that add up to a life enriched with music and illuminated by dignity. His story (some of which was the subject of a full-length, feature article in the New York Times Magazine) includes both persistent activism and tenures as a sideman with jazz luminaries like Joe Henderson and Stan Getz. Fred will be performing with his working trio including bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson.

Accolades for Fred Hersch:
Hersch received Grammy nominations in 2011 for Alone at the Vanguard (Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo). He has received other Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition, and two for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. In 2011 Hersch was voted Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. His two-CD trio album, Alive at the Vanguard, was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and was named one of the Best CDs of 2012 by Downbeat. In 2013, Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage were nominated for "Song without Words #4: Duet" (Best Improvised Jazz Solo) from Free Flying. Hersch was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album." The track "You & the Night & the Music", from Floating, was nominated for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo." National Public Radio named floating No. 11 on its list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2014. Hersch has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and seven composition residencies at the MacDowell Colony. Hersch has been a guest on a variety of radio and television programs.

Fred Hersch is singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz - a jazz for the 21st century.
The New York Times

In Walked Bud:

DVD-Trailer "Let Yourself Go - The Lives of/ Die Leben des Fred Hersch"

Live at the Vanguard:

You and the Night and the Music:

March 12th, 2016
8:00 PM
Vermont Jazz Center
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