Friday, May 16, 2014
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Fred Hersch Trio
Despite suffering from HIV/AIDS, Fred Hersch is one of the most active jazz pianists in New York City. He started out as a sideman in the late 70s and has recorded as a leader since 1984. This 2010 CD Whirl was somewhat of a comeback as he was really ill before he recorded it. He was born Oct. 21, 1955 in Cincinnati and was a child prodigy pianist. He moved to New York City in 1977 and was a sideman for Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Jane Ira Bloom and Eddie Daniels. He joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in 1980 and started recording as a leader in 1984. hersch has recorded for Concord, Sunnyside, Evidence, Chesky, Varese, Nonesuch, Enja and he currently records for Palmetto Records. As I said, Hersch suffers from HIV/AIDS and has been a long time fundraiser for AIDS charities in New York. Whirl was recorded after a long illness where Hersch was in a coma. It was believed that he would die. David Hajdu wrote about Hersch's illness in the New York Times Magazine. But against all odds, Hersch recovered. Whirl was released in 2010 and features John Hebert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. His latest CD Free Flying was released Sept. 2013 and is a duet album with guitarist Julian Lage. Jazz fans should check out Fred Hersch. He will play The Village Vanguard in New York City for a week in July. Here's Fred Hersch performing Skipping at the New York Standard 2010. This video is not on Youtube.