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  Fred Hersch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fred Hersch (born October 21, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a contemporary American jazz pianist who has become a consistent and highly demanded performer on the international jazz scene.
Hersch began playing piano at a very young age and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Hersch is one of the few jazz musicians to openly admit to being homosexual.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fred_Hersch   (276 words)

  
 An Evening With Fred Hersch | Events | Lifelong AIDS Alliance
We are thrilled to announce that pianist and composer Fred Hersch, one of the foremost artists in the world of jazz today, will be donating his time and talent to perform a benefit concert for Lifelong AIDS Alliance on Tuesday, February 10th at The Triple Door, Seattle’s hottest and most elegant new music venue.
Fred Hersch has received universal acclaim in a career spanning almost twenty-five years.
Hersch has become a visible and passionate spokesperson and fund-raiser for AIDS research and service organizations.
www.lifelongaidsalliance.org /events/fredhersch.html   (287 words)

  
 Living - The Cincinnati Post
Fred Hersch thinks he was the first student to ever give a jazz recital at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Hersch, now one of the most acclaimed jazz pianists in the country, returns to his native Cincinnati for a performance Sunday at the Blue Wisp (no tux's required).
Hersch, raised in Avondale and a Walnut Hills High School grad ('73), was remembering that UC concert in a conversation from his New York City apartment recently.
www.cincypost.com /2003/05/08/hersch050803.html   (505 words)

  
 April 13
When Fred Hersch was a boy, the formal study of jazz was relatively unheard of.
Hersch is visiting Indiana University, conducting master classes for music students and meeting informally with representatives of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Student Support Services and Positive Link.
Hersch said he enjoys passing on what he learned firsthand in the Cincinnati jazz clubs he frequented growing up there.
www.music.indiana.edu /publicity/press/ArticlesPreviews&Reviews/articles/2004-04/articleFredHersch04152004HTberner.html   (647 words)

  
 Brumfield and Associates:: Profesional Artist Management
Hersch's incredible focus translates to spacious soundscapes, from the lushly orchestral to those with breathtaking simplicity.
Hersch's career as a performer has been greatly enhanced by his composing activities, a vital part of nearly all of his live concerts and recordings.
Hersch's compositional efforts and performance collaborations speak to the gradual erasure of boundaries between jazz and classical music as art traditions.
www.brumfieldassociates.com /a_fredhersch.htm   (1227 words)

  
 Fred Hersch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Leave it to pianist Fred Hersch to breath some life into a tired concept.
Hersch understands the architecture of Monk's tunes: many of this album's dozen selections offer ingenious variations and paraphrases.
There are Monkish angles protruding from the softer ripples of a meditation on "Crepuscule with Nellie." Hersch builds his solo on "Think of One" by playfully repositioning the spaces in the melody while his characteristic voicings and wider dynamic range flesh out the tune without changing its essential character.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/music/98/02/26/OTR/FRED_HERSCH.html   (194 words)

  
 Fred Hersch : Features : One Final Note
In that declaration resides the germ of Hersch’s monumental cantata, speaking to the restlessness of the soul grounded in self-assurance.
Hersch’s love for the poet’s work dates back to the period 30 years ago when his own identity as a musician and gay man began to take shape.
Hersch’s setting of Whitman’s verse serves to remind us that it is as vital and necessary now as it was more than a century ago.
www.onefinalnote.com /features/2005/hersch   (843 words)

  
 E.J.N. - FRED HERSCH
Hersch has been widely recognized in recent years for his ability to re-invent the standard jazz repertoire, investigating time-tested classics and interpreting them with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique.
Hersch has an ongoing two-piano partnership with concert pianist Jeffrey Kahane, and he continues to appear as a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe.
Hersch was the subject of a TV feature profile on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor and has been featured on such popular National Public Radio programs as Morning Edition, Fresh Air and Jazz.
www.ejn.it /mus/hersch.htm   (599 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Let Yourself Go: Fred Hersch at Jordan Hall [LIVE]: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Fred Hersch Trio + 2 ~ Fred Hersch
Hersch's reading of "Blue Monk" recasts it in a revival-era mood, complete with down-home chordal clusters that evoke that upright piano in the corner of the church.
Fred Hersch is one of the best solo jazz pianists in recent memory.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000IPXO?v=glance   (1033 words)

  
 Fred Hersch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Hersch won't have his pals to bounce ideas off of when he arrives at the Greenwich Odeum on Saturday for a solo concert.
Hersch's other current project is The Duo Album, a disc that pairs him with Jim Hall, Gary Burton, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano and other jazz luminaries.
Fred Hersch will perform at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich, on Saturday at 8 p.m.
www.providencephoenix.com /archive/music/98/03/05/HERSCH.html   (1360 words)

  
 bio
A recent release, The Fred Hersch Trio + 2 (Palmetto, March 2004), featured trumpeter Ralph Alessi and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby in addition to Hersch's current trio members: bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits and was a showcase for Hersch's diverse and provocative compositions.
Hersch recently created Leaves of Grass, a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry for two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet.
A respected educator, Hersch was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory for ten years, and has taught at The New School Jazz Program and at The Manhattan School of Music.
www.fredhersch.com /bio.html   (1163 words)

  
 Fred Hersch
Hersch recently created Leaves of Grass, 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 as part of a six-city US tour.
This disc is a showcase for Hersch’s provocative and diverse compositions.
Hersch has been awarded grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, as well as four composition residencies at the prestigious MacDowell Colony.
www.carnegiehall.org /textSite/box_office/events/evt_6234.html   (745 words)

  
 Tucson Weekly: Soundbites (February 5 - February 11, 1998)
Hersch has made a career of blithely repackaging jazz by a variety of performers, including Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mandel, and doing so with notable critical success.
I'd wager most free jazz heads would probably agree that Fred Hersch is one of the most visible ways in which jazz has failed in the past few decades.
Hersch is something like the equivalent of a jazz Yanni--he plays nice, well-articulated music for people who probably wouldn't like anything any further out than their own belly buttons.
www.tucsonweekly.com /tw/02-05-98/sbites.htm   (997 words)

  
 SEMJA Update - June/July 2003
he Fred Hersch Trio visited Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Concert House on a CD release tour for their new release Live at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto Records) on May 8.
Hersch's own "Stuttering," built on one major scale, also included some intricate rhythmic patterns from the trio.
Gress is a wonderful accompanist and his melodic talents were most evident on a couple of Wayne Shorter pieces, "Miayako"/"Black Nile." Hersch has a fondness for ballads and on pieces like "Black Dog Pays a Visit," "Some Other Time," and "At the Close of the Day" his piano touch was exquisite.
www.semja.org /jun2003/hersch.html   (286 words)

  
 Jazz Artist Interview Fred Hersch @ jazzreview.com
Hersch left the revered Warner-distributed Nonesuch label in 2001 after a critically lauded series of recordings.
Though Hersch’s compositions have been well-represented on recordings by the likes of Toots Thielemans, Art Farmer and Eddie Daniels, he certainly does not enjoy the household name status in jazz circles of a Cole Porter.
Fred Hersch sums up his sophomore Palmetto effort with an acknowledgment of his current place in the music world.
www.jazzreview.com /articleprint.cfm?ID=2985   (2088 words)

  
 Renee Fleming and Fred Hersch: Haunted Heart - An Evening to Benefit Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Official Ticket ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Experience the enchanting Renee Fleming and jazz pianist Fred Hersch as America's favorite soprano reveals another side of her musical personality, in two special performances to benefit Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.
Fleming has created many roles for the operatic stage and has premiered numerous songs written for her, earning the respect of her colleagues and praise from the press as one of the great artists of our day.
Fred Hersch, considered one of the foremost jazz artist in the world, is widely recognized for his ability to reinvent the standard jazz repertoire, as well as for his own compositions.
www.telecharge.com /tickets_Renee_Fleming_Fred_Hersch_Haunted_Heart_Evening_NY_City_Joes_Pub.aspx   (373 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | Fred Hersch Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard
Yet Mehldau's one-time teacher Fred Hersch is another musician who is able to combine Evans's dazzling pianism, romantic melancholy and surefooted improvising skills at high speed.
Hersch instantly establishes that he has more to offer than a mere Evans imitation, opening Thelonious Monk's Bemsha Swing with anxiously banging chords and startled, scuttling figures.
As usual with this often rhapsodic pianist, ballads alternate with dense and complex swingers: six of the 10 pieces are Hersch's.
www.guardian.co.uk /arts/fridayreview/story/0,12102,885525,00.html   (372 words)

  
 CD Review of Fred Hersch - Leaves Of Grass on Palmetto Records @ jazzreview.com
Fred Hersch has recorded the album that will be played in English literature classrooms for many years in the future.
Hersch has been inspired by Whitman’s poetry for years, ever since he was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and especially after the poet’s works relieved Hersch’s boredom during a tour in Paris.
As Hersch brings to musical life the poetry, or at least the selected portions of Whitman’s oeuvre, he remains in large part in the background, allowing the singers to call attention to the arresting nature of Whitman’s poetry.
www.jazzreview.com /cdreview.cfm?ID=8741   (822 words)

  
 Jazz Musician Fred Hersch to Perform Oct. 3 / 2005-2006 / Archive / Press Releases / Hope - Hope College
A pianist and composer, Hersch is widely recognized for his ability to reinvent the jazz repertoire.
In additional to his own tours, Hersch has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the U. and Europe, including the Pittsburgh, Utah, Vermont, and Santa Rosa symphonies; the BBC Radio Orchestra; and the Sinfonietta Caracas of Venezuela.
A respected educator, Hersch was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory for 10 years, and has taught at The New School and Manhattan School of Music.
www.hope.edu /pr/pressreleases/content/view/full/6666   (331 words)

  
 NPR : Intersections: Fred Hersch, Setting Whitman to Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Morning Edition, March 15, 2004 · Fred Hersch is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, with more than 20 recordings and two Grammy nominations to his credit.
Hersch, who is openly gay, was drawn to Whitman's Calamus poems, a series written in 1860 that celebrates friendship and "manly attachment." In one of the poems, When I Heard at the Close of the Day, the narrator is famous but unhappy, because he's not with his lover.
Hersch says he's attracted to Whitman's exuberant spirit, democratic ideals and emphasis on the present: "[That's] basically the essence of Buddhism, which says life is change, and the only thing we have is this moment."
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=1760881   (467 words)

  
 Fred Hersch Trio to Play Jazz at Whitman College   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Hersch, a pianist and composer, will also give an informal talk at 6 p.m.
Hersch has become a familiar face over the past 20 years at major jazz venues and festivals in the U.S., Europe, South America and Japan.
Hersch, an AIDS activist, will discuss a number of topics during his Feb. 4 informal talk, including jazz music as a career and living with AIDS.
www.whitman.edu /news/bignews/fredjazz.html   (329 words)

  
 The Fred Hersch Trio Live At The Village Vanguard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
My first Fred Hersch experience goes back only to 1990 and there is this guy playing behind Judy Niemack and Lovano, and Colley and Billy Hart.
Fred Hersch was socking it out then and things haven't changed.
Hersch shows his romantic streak thereafter, though his "Phantom at the Bopera" is given a loose rein.
users.rcn.com /jazzinfo/0303NS/NSFrdHrch.html   (303 words)

  
 Plan 9 - Fred Hersch Ensemble : Leaves Of Grass *   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Fred Hersch has consistently proven himself to be not only an adroit, imaginative pianist, but also a captivating interpretive talent.
With LEAVES, Hersch sets the classic poetry of Walt Whitman to music, in a sprawling multi-part suite or (in classical-music terms) oratorio for a medium-sized group and two singers.
Those expecting "swing" in Hersch's usual classy manner may be a bit disappointed--Hersch is rather subdued, with swing supplanted by pointed, quirky ensemble writing recalling two major American composers named Charles (Ives and Mingus).
www.buymusichere.net /rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=12&upc=75395721072   (389 words)

  
 Fred Hersch / Kurt Elling / Kate McGarry: Leaves of Grass - PopMatters Music Review
The overture to Fred Hersch's interpretation of Whitman's texts is nice, in a sort of Tender Land idiom for chamber brass ensemble with piano, bass and drums.
Hersch sounds more interesting when steering the ensemble through the overture than when performing a later solo interlude.
There's no doubting Hersch's melodic creativity or his command of an American concert idiom amenable to performance by a chamber ensemble, whether of a jazz or European chamber wind ensemble instrumentation.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/h/herschfred-leaves.shtml   (1078 words)

  
 Fred Hersch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
After working with an all-star cast on Passion Flower, the Billy Strayhorn tribute he released earlier this year, pianist Hersch goes it alone on this marvelous homage to one of Broadway's great composing teams.
His daring recasting and explorations of the tunes are intimate, tempered with respect, and engagingly witty.
No matter how far out he ranges, Hersch always finds his way back -- yet he keeps you in an agony of suspense wondering how his introduction to "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" will yield to the melody.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/music/reviews/09-26-96/OTR/FRED_HERSCH.html   (184 words)

  
 The Cincinnati Post
Hersch, the renowned jazz pianist, composer, Cincinnati native and Walnut Hills High School graduate, performs at the CCM concert at 8 p.m.
Hersch is expected to perform his own compositions along with works of Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Strayhorn, Bach and Thelonius Monk.
Hersch's recent work has found him returning to the jazz trio format after years releasing what have been critically acclaimed solo piano compositions.
www.cincypost.com /2004/04/08/bird040804.html   (732 words)

  
 Master Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch Will Perform in Trio Nov. 9 at Williams Center for the Arts
EASTON, Pa.(www.lafayette.edu), October 25, 2004 — Among pianists, Fred Hersch is universally regarded as one of the supreme poets of jazz improvisation.
The richly appointed architecture of his music, combined with the intelligence and gracefulness of his playing, makes performances by the Fred Hersch Trio much-anticipated occasions for musical dialogue between artist and audience.
Hersch has recorded more than 20 albums as a solo artist or bandleader, co-led another 20 sessions, and appeared as a sideman or featured soloist on some 80 further recordings.
www.lafayette.edu /news.php/view/6257   (983 words)

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