UNCW Presents Fred Hersh Ensemble: Leaves of Grass

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:30 PM
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A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, a collaborator, and recording artist. For this performance, Hersh and an ensemble of 12 musicians reprise his iconic album Leaves of Grass, setting the poetry of Walt Whitman to jazz. Fred Hersch is a twelve-time Grammy Award nominee and he continues to earn jazz’s most prestigious awards. Hersch is a committed educator—he has taught at New England Conservatory, The Julliard School, The New School, and The Manhattan School of Music. His influence has been widely felt on 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.”

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