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Fred Hersch Trio Live at Wexner Center

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by Mark Subel on March 24, 2014

Five time Grammy nominated pianist and composer, Fred Hersch, brings his trio to the Wexner Center this Friday, March 28th. Vanity Fair magazine proclaims Fred “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so”. Hersch has collaborated with a wide range of accomplished jazz musicians over the course of his career including Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell. More from the Wexner Center:

Born in Cincinnati, jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch is a true master of the keyboards, displaying an elegantly refined approach that, on the surface, almost seems understated and casual. But deeper listening reveals the command Hersch demonstrates, not only with his brilliant technical ability but also his compositional prowess, respect for his chosen material, and keen interplay with his accompanists, whom the Boston Globe called “one of the finest piano trios of our day.”

Hersch and company thoughtfully stretch and compress the pace and space of classic jazz repertoire, from composers such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and Sonny Rollins to icons of the American Songbook like Cole Porter. And they stretch out on Hersch’s own superbly crafted originals as well, which the trio renders with sublime skill. Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus to his colleague Jason Moran, who notes “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.”

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