Friday, October 2, 2009

Pianist Fred Hersch Interviewed at AAJ

From the start of his career as a sideman in the 1970s for such jazz luminaries as Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz to his own ensembles and solo projects, there has always been a great diversity and intensity to Fred Hersch's art. Having won a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition (2003) and having been the first piano player in The Village Vanguard's 70 year history to do a week's solo residency, Hersch has managed to be both a musician's musician and resonate in the jazz public's consciousness without ever compromising his own artistic vision.

AAJ Contributor Maxwell Chandler spoke at length with Hersch, about his early indoctrination to jazz, his many projects including the recently released Fred Hersch Plays Jobim (Sunnyside, 2009) and critically acclaimed Leaves of Grass (Palmetto, 2005), and making history at The Village Vanguard.

Check out Fred Hersch: No Limits at AAJ today!

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