Fred Hersch Solo Recital
NEC faculty member Fred Hersch who is also an NEC grad, has been called "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" (DownBeat) and "a master who plays it his way," (New York Times). He has appeared on more than one hundred recordings, including over two-dozen albums as bandleader/solo pianist. He is one of the most prolific and widely-praised solo jazz pianist of his generation.
In 2006, Palmetto Records released the solo CD Fred Hersch in Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis; its release led to Hersch becoming the first pianist in the 70-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play an entire week as a solo pianist. His newest solo CD Alone at the Vanguard (Palmetto) was also recorded live at the legendary club.
As a sideman to such jazz legends as Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, Hersch solidified a reputation as a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer and conceptualist. He is widely recognized for his ability to create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire.
This recital comes on the heels of his wildly successful jazz theater piece "My Coma Dreams," which had its NYC premiere at Columbia's Miller Theatre to rave reviews. http://www.necmusic.edu/fred-hersch
The concert is free and open to the public.