Fred Hersch Trio
feat. John Hébert & Eric Mc Pherson
(Tickets im Vorverkauf 45,- EUR; Abendkasse 50,- EUR, Einlass 19 Uhr;
kein Ticketversand, sondern Kartenhinterlegung an der Kasse der Location)
Die Riverside Studios Cologne öffnen Ihre Türen in den komplett mit neuer Akustik und Technik ausgestatteten Studioräumen des ehemaligen Soundstudio N in der Holzgasse 14 , 50676 Köln.
Zum Auftakt spielt das das Fred Hersch Trio am 9.11.2017 ein Konzert der Extra Klasse !!
This is the fifth edition of the Fred Hersch Trio since its inception in 1985. According to The New Yorker, the trio plays with “high lyricism and high danger” and the Wall Street Journal calls it “one of the major ensembles of our time.” Fred, John and Eric started playing together in 2009 and have released four CDs: Whirl (2010); Alive at the Vanguard (2012), which received a 4-1/2 Star rating in Downbeat. 2014’s studio CD Floating (Palmetto) featured seven new Hersch compositions as well as music by Lerner/Loewe, Dietz/Schwartz and Thelonious Monk. Floating was nominated for two 2014 Grammy Awards – for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo. It reached reached #1 on iTunes Jazz, #2 on Amazon Jazz and #5 on the Billboard Jazz sales charts – and The New York Times‘ Nate Chinen said that ” Mr. Hersch has been making acclaimed trio releases since his debut album as a leader, 30 years ago. He hasn’t made one better than this”. Their most recent release Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto) was nominated for two 2016 Grammy awards, again for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo. They have toured extensively in both Europe, Asia and the US, appearing at major venues and festivals to wide acclaim.
As a solo pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, 6- time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch lives up to the praise of the New York Times, who, in a featured Sunday Magazine piece, aptly declared him, “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” Recently, Hersch was proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so”. 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.
With three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, and numerous awards including a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award and being awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in 2011 and 2016 by The Jazz Journalists Association, Hersch is among the most admired of contemporary jazz musicians, having collaborated with an astonishing rage of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (including Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald). Hersch has been an obvious influence on a new generation of pianists including former Hersch students Brad Mehldau an Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus) and remains an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. He is also the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist., as well as other noted ensembles including a quintet (The Trio +2) and his unconventional “Pocket Orchestra”. In 2004, Hersch created a concert setting of the poetry of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” for vocalists Kurt Elling, Kate McGarry and an instrumental octet; he also recently mounted the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a critically-acclaimed full-evening multimedia work. www.fredhersch.com
John Hébert, bassist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he attended Loyola University of New Orleans on a full scholarship. After two years of performing with many of New Orleans greatest musicians and performing at various clubs including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival he moved to the New York are in 1993 and has established himself as a highly sought-after bassist. He has worked along side world famous artists such as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Joe Maneri, Mary Halvorson, Tomasz Stanko, Benoit Delbecq, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, and many others.
In recent years, he has taken on the role of bandleader of various projects. His group Byzantine Monkey, released their first CD in June 2009 on the Firehouse 12 label. It was reviewed in Downbeat and received 4 stars. “On his first album as a leader he displays a sonic vision that’s all his own,” says Peter Margarsak. In 2010, John Hébert Trio (with French pianist Benoit Delbecq and drummer Gerald Cleaver) released Spiritual Lover on the Clean Feed label to very positive reviews. According to Stuart Broomer, “it’s a trio of genuinely equal parts and plays music of great melodic strength.” John won the 2011 Downbeat Critic’s poll as “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist.” His latest recording Rambling Confessions (Sunnyside) pays tribute to Carmen McRae and featured vocalist Jen Shiu.
Drummer Eric McPherson is a New York City native and is widely known for his deep roots in the jazz drum tradition as well as his innovative style. He was a long-time member of the Jackie McLean Quartet and has appeared with numerous well-known bandleaders and ensembles including holing the drum chair in Andrew Hill’s last trio. He is on the Jazz Studies Faculty of the Hartt School of Music in Hartford CT and has mentored many of the greatest young drummers on the scene.