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Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. As a solo pianist (he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist - his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release, Alone at the Vanguard); as leader of a widely praised trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists; and as the impetus behind the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a full-evening work for 11 instruments, actor/singer and animation/multimedia - Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of the New York Times who, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, 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.” He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard - for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations

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Article: Live Review

Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu, Bowen Li and Patrick Lui at Youth Square

Read "Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu, Bowen Li and Patrick Lui at Youth Square" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu, Bowen Li and Patrick Lui Y Theatre, Youth Square Jazz World Live Series: Our Jazz Pianists Chai Wan, Hong Kong July 4, 2021 There was a proud sense of ownership evident in dubbing this event Our Jazz Pianists. Hong Kong's Jazz World ...

Article: Live Review

Vicenza Jazz 2021

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Vicenza Varie sedi 1—10.07.2021 Spostato da maggio alla prima decade di luglio, Vicenza Jazz 2021 ha imbastito un programma variegato, che ha accolto una vasta gamma di proposte della scena internazionale, concentrando nella sua parte centrale tre maestri del pianoforte americano: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Brad Mehldau e Fred Hersch. Inoltre ha invaso la ...

Article: Interview

L'autorevole inventiva di Salvatore Maiore

Read "L'autorevole inventiva di Salvatore Maiore" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Contrabbassista, violoncellista e compositore tra i più attivi in Italia, Salvatore Maiore ha evidenziato -nelle molte collaborazioni e nei progetti personali-una cifra espressiva particolarmente ricercata, dove il ruolo dei suoi strumenti assume un aspetto propositivo, in una chiara esaltazione delle forme melodiche e timbriche. Di recente ha pubblicato un progetto sulle musiche di Charles Mingus interpretate ...

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News: Education

Open Studio Presents 15-Time Grammy Nominee Fred Hersch In His First Ever Online Course

Open Studio Presents 15-Time Grammy Nominee Fred Hersch In His First Ever Online Course

With inspiring artists, deep content, passionate students and a soulful approach, Open Studio is more than a jazz education platform—it’s a global family of music lovers, joining together to celebrate jazz as a vibrant and collaborative art form. Beginning on June 11, 2021, iconic pianist Fred Hersch, a fifteen-time Grammy nominee, will present “Thoughts and Experiments ...

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Article: Radio

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter

Read "Happy Birthday, Cole Porter" reviewed by Russell Perry


We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthday—born June 9, 1891, This means that Porter was 27 years old, having already had shows produced on Broadway, when the first jazz recording was made in 1917. Early recordings by James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt showed the adaptability of his compositions to the jazz ...

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Article: My Favourite Things

Ilaria Capalbo e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Ilaria Capalbo e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Cerco sempre di incorporare una certa qualità narrativa nella musica che scrivo e nel modo in cui suono. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La voglia di aggiungere qualcosa di personale alla musica. Precisione e professionalità sono importantissime. Sono poi particolarmente felice ...

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Article: Radio

Ellington Today - Always Hip

Read "Ellington Today - Always Hip" reviewed by Russell Perry


Every year dozens of top-flight musicians cover tunes from the biggest book in jazz--the Duke Ellington Songbook--with some 1,100 entries. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we'll listen to a few of the diverse responses to this body of work ranging from pianists Frank Kimbrough, Ahmad Jamal, Fred Hersch and Norah Jones to guitarists ...

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News: Performance / Tour

New York City’s Jazz Standard Launches 'The Flip Side Sessions': Eight Virtual Concerts Featuring Today’s Leading Artists Starting With Keyon Harrold (march 26)

New York City’s Jazz Standard Launches 'The Flip Side Sessions': Eight Virtual Concerts Featuring Today’s Leading Artists Starting With Keyon Harrold (march 26)

Every Friday, March 26-May 14, 2021. All shows 7:30 p.m. ET. Shows will be made available to stream for the following 48 hours. $15 per show. Tickets must be purchased online in advance at JazzStandard.com. Ticket buyers will receive an exclusive link to access the broadcast. Jazz Standard, one of the nation’s premier jazz ...

Article: Album Review

Brian Landrus, Fred Hersch, Drew Gress, Billy Hart: For Now

Read "For Now" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Due anni dopo il sontuoso progetto orchestrale pubblicato nell'album Generations (Blueland 2018) il compositore e multistrumentista allievo di Bob Brookmeyer, è tornato a incidere con un piccolo organico, aperto a suggestioni cameristiche (con l'aggiunta di un quartetto d'archi) o di taglio neo-bop (con il trombettista Michael Rodriguez). Quand'era adolescente Brian Landrus era una ...


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