Wilton Library welcomes jazz pianist Fred Hersch for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Grammy Award-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader returns to an appreciative audience to play compositions from his repertoire. According to Dan Bilawsky, writing in
All About Jazz, “When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.”
In 2006 he became the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play a weeklong engagement as a solo pianist. His second solo run at the Vanguard was documented on the 2011 release “Alone at the Vanguard,” which received Grammy Award nominations for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo — two of the eight Grammy nominations Hersch has earned in his more than three dozen recordings as a leader and co-leader.
He has collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell), classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O'Riley), and Broadway (Audra McDonald).
A committed educator, Hersch is a member of the jazz studies faculty of Rutgers University.
An informal reception follows the concert where CDs will be available for purchase and signing. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Advance registration is strongly recommended, and pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 to be guaranteed seating. Wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available.
Information: www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events, or call 203-7623950, ext. 213.