Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of The New York Times, which praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz — a jazz for the 21st century.”
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The first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist, Fred Hersch is also a composer, bandleader, and in-demand collaborator.
His newest trio album Alive at the Vanguard has been garnering wide critical acclaim as one of his best releases in his many-year recording career. It has been awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and has made the Best Jazz CDs of 2012 list in Slate and Downbeat.
This concert marks the Trio’s second performance under UMS auspices, following their UMS debut in March 2005.