Posted on August 28, 2015, BY Staff

The Fred Hersch Trio will kick off the Jazz@Bucknell series on Wed., Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

"We are thrilled to welcome Fred Hersch back to Bucknell for the opening of our season," said Professor Barry Long, music, who produces the Jazz@Bucknell series. "The trio is widely acclaimed as one of the most joyful, sensitive and progressive groups in modern jazz. Their visit promises to set the bar incredibly high for this year's series."  

Fred Hersch was proclaimed by Vanity Fair to be, "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade." He balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as a bandleader, collaborator and theatrical conceptualist. Hersch has gained great acclaim for his solo work. In 2006, Palmetto released Fred Hersch In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis, and in 2009, his eighth solo disc, Fred Hersch Plays Jobim, was cited as one of the year's top 10 jazz releases by NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In 2011, the Jazz Journalists Association named Hersch its Jazz Pianist of the Year.  

Hersch's latest trio CD with bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson, Floating (Palmetto), is nominated for two 2015 Grammy awards in the best album and best solo categories. "Mr. Hersch has been making acclaimed trio releases since his debut album as a leader, 30 years ago," wrote Nate Chinen of The New York Times. "He hasn't made one better than this … an extravagantly beautiful new album." The trio's two-CD set, Alive at the Vanguard, was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and named one of the year's best CDs by Downbeat.   

A committed educator, Hersch has taught at The Juilliard School, The New School and Manhattan School of Music, and conducted a professional training workshop for young musicians at The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall. He is currently a member of the jazz studies faculty at both the New England Conservatory and Rutgers University. Hersch's influence has been widely felt by 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."  

The Jazz@Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.   

Upcoming performances in the fall 2015 series include the Helen Sung Quintet on Oct. 7 and Ike Sturm's Jazz Mass on Nov. 5.



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