Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch - american jazz pianist composer - GAM Music

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American virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch spent the first part of his career as a sideman for such luminaries as Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Leni Andrade and Judy Niemack.

Then, roughly coinciding with his coming out as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, he concentrated more on his projects as a leader of his own trios, as well as performing solo, duos with selected artists, and as a soloist with classical orchestras.

He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The L.A. Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker.

Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said, “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.”

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