Fred Hersch (born October 21, 1955) is an American jazz pianist, educator and HIV/AIDS activist. He was the first person to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist at the Village Vanguard in New York City. He has recorded more than 70 of his jazz compositions. Hersch has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, and, as of December 2014, had been on the Jazz Studies faculty of the New England Conservatory since 1980 (with breaks).
|Born||October 21, 1955|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, educator, HIV/AIDS activist|
|Labels||Sunnyside, Chesky, Nonesuch, Palmetto|
Hersch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, of Jewish parents. He began playing the piano at the age of four (under the tutelage of Jeanne Kirstein) and began to compose music by eight. He won national piano competitions starting at the age of ten.
Hersch first became interested in jazz while at Grinnell College in Iowa. He dropped out of school and started playing jazz in Cincinnati. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory under Jaki Byard, attracting attention from the press – "a fine showcase for Fred Hersch" – in a college recital. On graduation, he became a jazz piano instructor at the college.
In 1977, Hersch moved to New York. One of Fred Hersch's earliest professional engagements was with Art Farmer in Los Angeles in 1978. Jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote that he "showed his ability as an accompanist and soloist at the out-of-tune piano". He played with Farmer again in 1981. In 1982, the album A Work of Art (Art Farmer Quartet, Concord Jazz CJ-179), was released, with Hersch on piano. It included two original compositions by Hersch. Leonard Feather gave it 3½ stars.
In 1980, the Fred Hersch Trio played at B. Dalton Bookseller, one of many fringe events that were an offshoot of the Newport Jazz Festival. The following year, his trio played for singer Chris Connor, who was making a comeback after completing a recovery program for alcoholism. He played at the Kool Jazz Festival, and with Joe Henderson in the New Jazz at the Public series in the same year.
In 1983, Hersch played a duo session with bassist Ratzo Harris at the Knickerbocker Saloon, New York. The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Hersch is a romantic. He is openly involved in what he is playing and projects this involvement with body English and facial expressions that subtly underline the sense of his music. His lines often become gently billowing waves of sound, and he rises and falls, tenses and relaxes along with them."
In 1986, he played with Toots Thielemans at the Great Woods jazz festival. He played with him in several sessions the following year, and again in 1987, receiving special attention for his solos. In 1986, he taught at Berklee College of Music.
In 1989, Hersch played with Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer and they recorded together in a studio set up in his home. His first solo piano recording came in 1993: Fred Hersch at Maybeck.
Hersch's career as a performer has been enhanced by his activities as a composer, which are an important part of nearly all of his concerts and recordings. He has received commissions from the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Gramercy Trio and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. A disc of his through-composed works, Fred Hersch: Concert Music 2001-2006, was released by Naxos Records.
Hersch was awarded a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition. In the same year, he created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry for two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet; the work was presented in March 2005 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of a six-city U.S. tour.
Hersch has worked with instrumentalists and vocalists in the worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Christopher O'Riley, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg); and Broadway (Audra McDonald). Hersch has accompanied jazz vocalists such as Nancy King, Norma Winstone and Kurt Elling.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Académie Charles Cros
- Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Composition, 2003
- Coup de coeur for Alone at the Vanguard, 2011
- Grand Prix du Disque for Alive at the Vanguard, 2012
- Pianist of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association, 2011, 2016, 2018
- Pianist of the Year, DownBeat magazine Critics' Poll, 2015
- Artiste étranger de l'année, Jazz magazine in France, 2015
- Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie du Jazz, Solo, 2015
- Honorary Doctor of Musical Arts, Northern Kentucky University, 2015
- Doris Duke Performing Artist Award 2016
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Grinnell College, 2016
- Prix Honorem in Jazz and Coup de cœur jazz, 2017
- Book of the Year about Jazz, Good Things Happen Slowly, Jazz Journalists Association, 2018
- Hersch has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and seven composition residencies at the MacDowell Colony.
Grammy Award nominationsEdit
Art Farmer's A Work of Art in 1983 and two of Eddie Daniels' albums with Hersch in 1986 and 1987 preceded Short Stories, a collaboration between Janis Siegel and Hersch, co-led and co-produced with arrangements by Hersch, that got a nomination for her vocal performance in 1989. In 1992 finally Dancing in the Dark, his seventh trio recording and second for Chesky Records, was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.
- 1992: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group for Dancing in the Dark
- 1995: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group for his solo album I Never Told You: Fred Hersch Plays Johnny Mandel
- 2005: Best Instrumental Composition for "Valentine" (on In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis)
- 2011: Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Alone at the Vanguard, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Work"
- 2013: Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Song Without Words No.4: Duet" with Julian Lage
- 2014: Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Floating (as the Fred Hersch Trio), and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "You and the Night and the Music"
- 2016: Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Sunday Night at the Vanguard, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "We See"
- 2017: Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Open Book, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Whisper Not"
- 2018: Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for another interpretation of "We See"
DownBeat magazine described Hersch as "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation." The New York Times described him as "singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century."
Hersch's influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former Hersch students including Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson, Sullivan Fortner, Aaron Diehl and Dan Tepfer to his contemporary Jason Moran, who said: "Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He's perfection."
In 1993, Hersch came out as gay and that he had been treated for HIV since 1984. He fell into a coma in 2008 for two months. When he regained consciousness, he had lost all muscular function as a result of his long inactivity and could not play the piano. After rehabilitation, he was able to play again. In 2011, he performed My Coma Dreams, a stage show written and directed by Herschel Garfein about the contrast between dreams and reality.
Hersch has been a spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993. Hersch has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities including Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which had raised over $250,000 as of June, 2013. In April, 2016, he played a benefit concert for Buddhist Global Relief. He has also been the keynote speaker and performer at international medical conferences in the U.S. and Europe.
("Year" indicates year of release, artists and labels are only linked once at first appearance. Line-up can be sorted by "solo", "duo", "trio"... All trios are classic piano trios with (grand) piano, upright bass and drum kit, except for the trio Thirteen Ways with saxophonist Michael Moore.)
|Year||Title||Label||Line-up and notes|
|1984||Horizons||Concord Jazz||Trio with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron|
|1984||As One||JMT||Duo with Jane Ira Bloom|
|1986||Sarabande||Sunnyside||Trio with Charlie Haden and Joey Baron|
|1988||E.T.C.||Red||Trio E.T.C. with Steve LaSpina and Jeff Hirshfield|
|1989||Heartsongs||Sunnyside||Trio with Michael Formanek and Jeff Hirshfield|
|1989||The French Collection (Jazz Impressions of French Classics)||EMI Angel||Trio with Steve LaSpina, Joey Baron and guests: James Newton, Kevin Eubanks, Toots Thielemans, Eddie Daniels|
|1989||Short Stories||Atlantic||Quartet co-led by Janis Siegel plus Harvie Swartz (bass) and Kris Yenny (cello); Siegel was a Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Performance|
|1990||Evanessence: A Tribute to Bill Evans||Evidence||Trio with Michael Formanek or Marc Johnson, Jeff Hirshfield and guests: Gary Burton, Toots Thielemans|
|1991||E.T.C. Plus One||Red||Quartet, trio E.T.C. with Steve LaSpina and Jeff Hirshfield plus Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone)|
|1991||Forward Motion||Chesky||with The Fred Hersch Group featuring Rich Perry (tenor sax), Erik Friedlander (cello), Scott Colley (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums)|
|1992||Dancing in the Dark||Chesky||Trio with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey; Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group|
|1992||Other Aspects||Suitcase||with Matt Kendrick|
|1993||Red Square Blue: Jazz Impressions of Russian Composers||EMI Angel||Trio with Steve LaSpina, Jeff Hirshfield and guests: James Newton, Toots Thielemans, Phil Woods, Erik Friedlander|
|1993||Fred Hersch at Maybeck||Concord Jazz||Solo piano, in concert|
|1994||Concerto Pour Harmonica||TCB Records||with Toots Thielemans, Christian Gavillet, Big Band de Lausanne, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Roby Seidel|
|1994||Plays...||Chesky||Trio with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey|
|1995||Point in Time||Enja||Trio with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey, and quintet adding Dave Douglas (trumpet), Rich Perry (tenor saxophone) on half of the tracks|
|1995||Beautiful Love||Sunnyside||Duo with Jay Clayton (vocals)|
|1995||Slow Hot Wind||Varèse Sarabande||Duo with Janis Siegel, and quartet with Tony Dumas and Ralph Penland added|
|1995||I Never Told You: Fred Hersch Plays Johnny Mandel||Varèse Sarabande||Solo piano; Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group|
|1996||Passion Flower - The Music of Billy Strayhorn||Nonesuch||Trio with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey plus string orchestra conducted by Eric Stern; one track is a duo with Nurit Tilles (piano); Andy Bey (vocals) added for one track|
|1996||Plays Rodgers & Hammerstein||Nonesuch||Solo piano|
|1997||The Duo Album||Classical Action||Duos with Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, Diana Krall, Tommy Flanagan, Andy Bey, Tom Rainey, Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Drew Gress, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Janis Siegel|
|1997||Thirteen Ways||GM||Trio Thirteen Ways with Michael Moore and Gerry Hemingway|
|1998||Thelonious: Fred Hersch Plays Monk||Nonesuch||Solo piano|
|1998||Songs We Know||Nonesuch||Duo with Bill Frisell (guitar)|
|1998||Let Yourself Go: Live at Jordan Hall||Nonesuch||Solo piano, in concert|
|1999||Focus||Palmetto||Trio Thirteen Ways with Michael Moore and Gerry Hemingway|
|2000||4 in Perspective||Village Life||Quartet with Norma Winstone (vocals), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet) and Paul Clarvis (percussion)|
|2000||Songs without Words||Nonesuch||Solo, with few duo, trio and quintet tracks; 3 cd set, Vol. 1 with originals, 2nd with standards and 3rd tributed to Cole Porter|
|2002||Live at the Village Vanguard||Palmetto||Trio with Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits in concert|
|2003||Songs and Lullabies||Sunnyside||Duo with Norma Winstone; three tracks with Gary Burton added|
|2003||Fred Hersch Trio + 2||Palmetto||Quintet with Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits plus Ralph Alessi (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Tony Malaby (tenor sax)|
|2003||Soothing the Senses||Sensory Resources||Solo piano|
|2005||Leaves of Grass||Palmetto||Octet with four horns featuring vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry; lyrics by Walt Whitman|
|2005||In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis||Palmetto||Solo piano, in concert; Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition for "Valentine"|
|2006||Live at Jazz Standard||Maxjazz||Duo with Nancy King; Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album|
|2007||Night & the Music||Palmetto||Trio with Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits|
|2007||Concert Music 2001-2006||Naxos||Solo, duo and trio interpretations of compositions by Hersch with pianists Natasha Paremski, Blair McMillen, the Gramercy Trio, and Hersch himself with cellist Dorothy Lawson on one track|
|2008||This We Know||Palmetto||Duo with Michael Moore|
|2009||Live at Jazz Standard||Sunnyside||with the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra featuring Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Richie Barshay (percussion) and Jo Lawry (vocals)|
|2009||Plays Jobim||Sunnyside||Solo piano|
|2010||Whirl||Palmetto||Trio with John Hébert and Eric McPherson|
|2010||Everybody's Song but My Own||Venus||Trio with John Hébert and Eric McPherson|
|2011||Alone at the Vanguard||Palmetto||Solo piano; Grammy Award nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Work"; DownBeat named it one of the Best CDs of 2012|
|2012||Da Vinci||Bee Jazz||Duo with Nico Gori|
|2012||Alive at the Vanguard||Palmetto||Trio with John Hébert and Eric McPherson|
|2012||Two Hands/Ten Voices||Broadway Cares||Duos with Karrin Allyson, Judy Blazer, Ann Hampton Callaway, Kate McGarry, Jessica Molaskey, Jane Monheit, Janis Siegel, Carol Sloane, Luciana Souza, Norma Winstone|
|2013||Fun House||Songlines||with Benoît Delbecq and Fred Hersch Double Trio|
|2013||Free Flying||Palmetto||Duo with Julian Lage (guitar); Grammy Award nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Song Without Words #4: Duet"|
|2013||Only Many||CAM Jazz||Duo with Ralph Alessi|
|2014||Floating||Palmetto||Trio with John Hébert and Eric McPherson; Two Grammy Award nominees for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "You and the Night and the Music"|
|2016||Sunday Night at the Vanguard||Palmetto||Trio with John Hébert and Eric McPherson; Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "We See"|
|2017||Open Book||Palmetto||Solo piano|
|2018||Live In Healdsburg||Anzic||Duo with Anat Cohen|
|2018||'97 @ The Village Vanguard||Palmetto||Trio with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey in concert, recorded live in 1997|
|2018||Live in Europe||Palmetto||Trio with John Hébert and Eric McPherson; Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "We See" (again)|
|2019||Begin Again||Palmetto||with WDR Big Band, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza|
|2020||Songs from Home||Palmetto||Solo piano|
|2020||Live At The Village Vanguard||not on label||Duo with Esperanza Spalding; released on Bandcamp with all proceeds benefiting the Jazz Foundation of America|
As sideman/featured soloistEdit
|1979||Art Farmer||Yama||CTI||with Joe Henderson|
|1979||Billy Harper||Billy Harper Quintet in Europe||Soul Note|
|1979||Billy Harper||The Awakening||Marge|
|1979||Sam Jones||Something New||Interplay|
|1981||Art Farmer||A Work of Art||Concord Jazz||Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group|
|1982||Jane Ira Bloom||Mighty Lights||Enja||with Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell|
|1982||Art Farmer||Mirage||Soul Note|
|1983||Art Farmer||Warm Valley||Concord Jazz|
|1985||Art Farmer||You Make Me Smile||Soul Note|
|1986||Eddie Daniels||Breakthrough||GRP||with The London Philharmonia; Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist|
|1987||Jane Ira Bloom||Modern Drama||Columbia|
|1987||Tony Dagradi||Sweet Remembrance||Gramavision|
|1987||Eddie Daniels||To Bird with Love||GRP||Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist and Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group|
|1987||Toots Thielemans||Ne Me Quitte Pas - Do Not Leave Me||Milan/Stash||with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron|
|1987||Roseanna Vitro||A Quiet Place||Skyline|
|1987||Jimmy McGary||Palindrome||Mopro||with Michael Moore and Joey Baron|
|1988||Meredith D'Ambrosio||The Cove||Sunnyside|
|1988||Jane Ira Bloom||Slalom||Columbia|
|1988||Toots Thielemans||Only Trust Your Heart||Concord Jazz|
|1988||Lee Konitz||Round & Round||Musicmasters|
|1988||Jon Metzger||Into The Light||V.S.O.P. Records|
|1989||Michael Bocian||Go Groove||GM Recordings|
|1990||Johnny Mathis||In A Sentimental Mood: Mathis Sings Ellington||Columbia||Grammy Nominee for Best Traditional Pop Performance|
|1990||Judy Niemack||Long As You're Living||Freelance Records|
|1991||Jeri Brown||Mirage||Justin Time|
|1992||Michael Moore quintet||Home Game||Ramboy|
|1992||Harumi Kaneko||Try To Remember||Philips|
|1992||Jack Jones||The Gershwin Album||Columbia/Legacy|
|1992||Various artists (Ana Caram, Paquito D'Rivera, Tom Harrell, and Phil Woods)||JVC Jazz Festival Presents a Night of Chesky Jazz Live||Chesky|
|1993||Jeanfrançois Prins & Judy Niemack||Beauty and the Prince||AMC (new release 2003 GAM)|
|1993||Roseanna Vitro||Softly||Concord Jazz|
|1993||The Matt Kendrick Unit||Composite||Ichiban Records|
|1993||Garrison Fewell||A Blue Deeper Than The Blue||Accurate Records|
|1994||Leny Andrade||Maiden Voyage||Chesky|
|1994||Various artists||The AIDS Quilt Songbook||Nightengale/Harmonia Mundi||featured with an original composition accompanying baritone William Sharp|
|1994||Various artists||Memento Bittersweet||Catalyst||featured on "Tango Bittersweet"|
|1994||Byron Olson||Sketches of Coltrane||Angel Records||featured on tracks 6-11|
|1994||Various artists||Last Night When We Were Young: The Ballad Album||Classical Action||featured on tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13|
|1995||Royce Campbell With Strings||Waltz for Debby||Paddle Wheel|
|1995||Paul Sundfor||Nascency||Nine Winds Records|
|1995||Chris Connor||Lover Come Back to Me: Live at Sweet Basil||Evidence|
|1995||Dick Sisto||American Love Song||Jazzen Records|
|1996||Jane Ira Bloom||The Nearness||Arabesque|
|1996||Michael Callen||Legacy||Significant Other||featured on three tracks|
|1996||Dawn Upshaw||Sings Rodgers and Hart||Nonesuch|
|1996||The Rich Perry Quartet||What is This?||SteepleChase|
|1996||Bonnie Lowdermilk||This Heart Of Mine||AxolOtl Jazz||with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey|
|1996||Michael Callen||Legacy||Significant Other Records||featured on three tracks|
|1997||Dominique Eade||When The Wind Was Cool||RCA Victor||featured on tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11|
|1997||Gary Burton||Departure||Concord Jazz||with John Scofield, John Patitucci and Peter Erskine|
|1997||Various artists||George Delerue: Music from the Films of François Truffaut||Nonesuch||featured on two tracks|
|1997||Various artists||September Songs: The Music Of Kurt Weill||featured on "Speak Low"|
|1998||Michael Moore Trio||Bering||Ramboy|
|1998||Kelley Johnson||Make Someone Happy||Pipe DreamChartmaker||featured on tracks 1, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13|
|1998||Steve LaSpina||Distant Dream||Stepplechase|
|1999||Jane Ira Bloom||The Red Quartets||Arabesque|
|1999||Barbara Sfraga||Oh, What A Thrill||Naxos Jazz||featured on tracks 3, 8, 12|
|1999||Dawn Upshaw||Sings Vernon Duke||Nonesuch||featured on four tracks|
|1999||Roseanna Vitro||The Time of My Life: Roseanna Vitro Sings the Songs of Steve Allen||See Breeze||recorded 1986|
|1999||Janis Siegel||The Tender Trap||Monarch Records|
|2000||Mary Pearson||You And I||Arkadia Jazz|
|2001||Roseanna Vitro||Conviction: Thoughts of Bill Evans||A-Records||featured on tracks 2, 3, 8|
|2001||Various artists||The Richard Rodgers Centennial Jazz Piano Album||Broadway Cares||featured on tracks 5, 6|
|2003||Jane Ira Bloom||Chasing Paint||Arabesque|
|2003||Harvey Mason||Trios: With All My Heart||VideoArts||featured on one track|
|2003||Luciana Souza||Norte e Sul - North and South||Biscoito Fino/Sunnyside||featured on tracks 4, 5; Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album|
|2003||Andrew Sterman||Blue Canvas with Spiral||Breath River Music|
|2005||Renée Fleming||Haunted Heart||Decca||with Bill Frisell|
|2005||Kate McGarry||Mercy Streets||Palmetto||featured on tracks 6, 9|
|2006||Audra McDonald||Build A Bridge||Nonesuch||featured on track 6|
|2013||3 Cohens||Tightrope||Anzic||with Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen and Yuval Cohen|
|2014||Jill Sobule||Charms||Pink Records||featured on "Lonely Eighty-Eight"|
|2014||Amy London||Bridges||FiveCut Recordings||featured on tracks 1-8|
|2014||Scott Morgan||Songs Of life||Miranda Music|
|2018||Lorraine Feather||Math Camp||Relarion Inc.||featured on tracks 2, 3, 5, 9|
|2019||Adrian Cunningham||Adrian Cunningham & His Friends Play Lerner & Loewe||Arbors Records|
|2020||Brian Landrus||For Now||BlueLand Records|
|2020||Will Vinson||Four Forty One||Whirlwind Recordings||featured on "Work"|
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- "10th Jazz Festival Goes Singing and Drumming In" (June 26, 1981) The New York Times p. C1
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- "Schools Offer the Mechanical While Fostering the Spiritual" (13 July 1986) Chicago Tribune p.8
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- Renée Fleming, soprano and Fred Hersch, piano - New York City (June 12, 2003) (Michael Palm Series) Broadway Cares, Events Archives
- Classical Action's Fifth Anniversary Celebration at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring violinist Joshua Bell, pianists Fred Hersch and Ursula Oppens, dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones, bassist Edgar Meyer, the Orion String Quartet, clarinetist David Shifrin, soprano Dawn Upshaw, Ida Nevasayneva of Les Ballets Trockadero of Monte Carlo; hosted by Madeline Kahn and Nathan Lane - New York City (January 10, 1998)
- Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and Fred Hersch, piano - New York City (June 13, 200) Broadway Cares, Events Archives
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- Course - Thoughts and Experiments with Solo Piano - Open Studio