Fred Hersch: Alive At The Village Vanguard
Fred Hersch Esperanza Spalding
The 2023 album of the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch, who has already won major awards, together in a duet with the exceptional artist Esperanza Spalding, who has been awarded in the Grammy category "Best New Artist", among others "Alive At The Village Vanguard" combines high class artistry of both to create an authentic and profound work between Jazz and Neo Soul live from the legendary venue. Released as a CD on Palmetto Records. born in Ohio in 1955, Hersch began playing the piano at the age of only four and showed such great talent that he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in his teens, from which he graduated in 1977 with the best possible grades. He then moved to New York, where he quickly became an extremely sought-after pianist through early collaborations with greats such as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Toots Thielemans and Gary Burton, and developed the impressionistic style between classical jazz, improvisation and classical music that still characterizes him today. The Portland-born multi-instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding also showed great musical talent at an early age, learning violin, double bass and singing Already active as a concertmaster at the age of 15, she became the youngest professor at Berklee at only 20 and has worked with artists such as Pat Metheny, Stanley Clarke, Mike Stern and Patti Austin to this day. In addition to winning countless critics' awards and five solo Grammy Awards, Spalding has played with Steve Wonder at the White House. Among the most important and recognized artists of modern jazz, Fred Hersch and Esperanza Spalding will be part of the renowned "Alive At The Village Vanguard" series, in which two exceptional artists are always invited to play an unforgettable concert at the legendary Village Vanguard.