2012-13 Season

The Boise Jazz Society presents The Fred Hersch Trio Sunday, February 24, 2013 Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Free, Boise Community Jazz Symposium, 4 pm Concert, 7 pm, Doors Open, 6:15 pm Open Table and Concert Seating No-Host Beverage Bar Available-Snacks Provided Free Parking @ Academy Lots & 9th and Miller Parking Lot The Boise Jazz Society and the Boise State University Department of Music presents The Fred Hersch Trio in a Jazz Residency Monday, February 25, 2013 Morrison Center Recital Hall 2:30-6:30 pm FREE to All Students and the Public

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with John Hebert and Eric McPherson

Praise for the Fred Hersch Trio: Alive at the Vanguard (2012)

"Fred Hersch, one of the poet laureates of modern jazz piano, has also proven to be one of the most durable and forward-moving of any artist, on any arts scene." — Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

"...one of the finest piano trios of our day." — The Boston Globe

"Alive is actually Hersch's third recording from the Vanguard, following Live (2003) and Alone (2011). It's quite evident that when the pianist descends those well-traveled stairs into the Vanguard, magic happens...it´s pure Hersch at his brilliant best."— Scott Albin, Jazz Times

"Pianist Fred Hersch reaches some rarefied heights on this wise trio recording." — Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Fred Hersch is one of the most formidably complete piano improvisers playing today." — John Fordham, The Guardian (UK)

****1/2 Stars — Sean Brady, Downbeat Magazine

"The unfalteringly elegant jazz pianist Fred Hersch has recorded worthwhile albums at the Village Vanguard before, and his latest - "Alive at the Vanguard," a two-CD set recorded in February and released on Palmetto - chronicles an especially strong engagement by his trio with the drummer Eric McPherson and the bassist John Hébert." — Nate Chinen, The New York Times

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.

His newest trio album is a 2-CD set Alive at the Vanguard and it 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.



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