Fred Hersch Trio
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and KUTX’s Sunday Morning Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg
A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is an influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator, and recording artist.
A ten-time Grammy Award nominee, Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of artists throughout the worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald).
Hersch’s 2016 release, Sunday Night at the Vanguard, was nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo, and is a definitive statement by his long-running trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. This performance is certain to be an exquisite evening of jazz in the intimate confines of McCullough Theatre!
…a pianist, composer and conceptualist of rare imaginative power.
– The New York Times
- In 2006, Fred Hersch became the first person in NY’s Village Vanguard’s 75-year history to play a weeklong engagement as a solo pianist.
- Hersch’s 2010 theatrical project, My Coma Dreams, was based on visions he experienced during a 2-month coma in 2008.
- In 2003, Hersch famously scored Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
- John Hébert was named in Downbeat’s 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist” and finally won in 2011.
- Eric McPherson began his formal drum training at the age of twelve, and is currently a professor at the University of Hartford.