Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch



Fred Hersch (born October 21, 1955) is an American jazz pianist and educator. He has performed solo and led his own groups, including the Pocket Orchestra consisting of piano, trumpet, voice, and percussion. He was the first person to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist at the Village Vanguard in New York City. He has recorded more than 70 of his jazz compositions. Hersch has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, and, as of December 2014, had been on the Jazz Studies faculty of the New England Conservatory since 1980 (with breaks).[1]



A House Of Many Rooms: New Concert Music by Fred Hersch
A House Of Many Rooms: New Concert Music by Fred Hersch is an album by musical artist Fred Hersch, released on October 1, 2017.
Beautiful Love
Beautiful Love is an album by musical artist Fred Hersch, released on September 22, 2017.
Open Book
Open Book is an album by musical artist Fred Hersch, released on September 8, 2017.
The Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Thirty-One
The Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Thirty-One is an album by musical artist Fred Hersch, released on January 1, 1994.

Photos - Fred Hersch34

Popular Albums18

Album Appearances & References37

Song Appearances & References1

Live Album Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers19

Music-Related Relationships16

Personal & Professional Relationships2


Spotify - Albums79


Spotify - Appears On27


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles10

The Marvel of Cécile McLorin Salvant
  –  December 26, 2017
It was like a summons had gone out to assemble people certified as cool.3 I had seen Salvant perform once before, a year and a half earlier, in a one-off night with Fred Hersch in his annual “Duo Invitation Series” at the Jazz Standard, another New ...
What's going on: Music from 2017 taps all the emotions —and you can dance to it (well, some of it)
  –  December 24, 2017
Fred Hersch, Open Book (Palmetto). The great jazz pianist's latest solo work is emotional and deeply moving. • Jessi Colter, The Psalms (Legacy). Inspired by the book of Psalms in The Bible, Colter created spontaneous melodies as Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith ...
An Evening with Monty Alexander and More Coming Up at Birdland
  –  December 22, 2017
In addition to her recent four-country State Department tour, Gabrielle premiered a new song cycle, Rooms of Light, by world-renowned jazz pianist, Fred Hersch with lyrics by award-winning poet Mary Jo Salter. Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer ...
The 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll
  –  December 20, 2017
Linda Oh, Walk Against Wind (Biophilia) 75.5 (15) 24. Mike Reed, Flesh & Bone (482 Music) 64 (10) 25. Fred Hersch, Open Book (Palmetto) 60.5 (12) 26. Ornette Coleman & Various Artist, Celebrate Ornette (Song X) 60 (8)* 27. Rez Abbasi, Unfiltered Universe ...
Book Picks - The Bookstore
  –  December 19, 2017
List: "The Mouse and His Child" by Russell Hoban "Devotions" by Patti Smith "Spy of the First Person" by Sam Shepard "Good Things Happen Slowly" by Fred Hersch "Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters" "Women and Power" by Mary Beard "Silence In the Age of ...
Keys And Strings Hour (Ornette Coleman Compositions) + New Music
  –  December 18, 2017
Additional artists who will be heard are Johnny Hartman, Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Shirley Horn, Lynne Arriale, Bennie Wallace, Nina Simone and Fred Hersch. Jazz Unlimited for February 15 is “Jazz Musicians With Long Performance Careers ...
For LGBTQ book-lovers on your gift list
  –  December 13, 2017
Award-winning, Grammy-nominated, Guggenheim fellow and composer-pianist-activist-educator Fred Hersch has many notable achievements to his name, not the least of which is being an openly gay, HIV+ man in the world of jazz. He writes all about it in his ...
Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch to headline 2018 TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest
  –  December 1, 2017
World-class jazz-piano star Fred Hersch tops the nine-show lineup of the 2018 TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest, unveiled this week. Hersch, 62, is renowned for a profound lyricism that permeates his large catalogue of original compositions and masterful ...
Expressive jazz pianist Fred Hersch receives a Grammy spotlight
  –  November 28, 2017
After a year that saw the release of his heartfelt memoir “Good Things Happen Slowly” and another splendid solo album, pianist Fred Hersch will again vie for his first Grammy Award after receiving two nominations in the jazz categories Tuesday morning.
Book review | 'Good Things Happen Slowly': Fred Hersch talks about being gay jazz pianist
  –  November 12, 2017
Since its beginning more than a century ago, jazz has been considered a form of music created by social misfits and outcasts. Yet one group has been conspicuously absent from the historical picture: gay men. In a macho musical culture in which instruments ...


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