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Fred Hersch duos, w/ Kate McGarry & Julian Lage


Fred Hersch duos

w/ Kate McGarry & Julian Lage

Friday, June 9, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Fred Hersch
Art of the Duos Series: Herbst Theater  

Fred Hersch w/ Kate McGarry & Julian Lage

The artist Vanity Fair calls “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz” returns following his appearance at our Thelonious Monk 99th Birthday celebration to perform in an evening of duets with young guitar virtuoso Julian Lage and the GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry. Hersch, an eleven-time GRAMMY nominee and protégé of piano great Jaki Byard, first made his mark in the late 1970s with trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Billy Harper, while developing a style possessed of a remarkable emotional depth balanced by dazzling technique. A 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, Hersch has recorded over 40 albums during his career and made an art of collaboration, working with a range artists from the jazz, classical, and Broadway worlds including Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Stan Getz, Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Nancy King, and Kurt Elling. He received a GRAMMY nomination 2014’s Free Flying, his duo album with Lage, and in the spirit of the boundless magic possible in the duet setting, this evening will reunite Hersch with the Bay Area-raised guitarist as well McGarry, an acclaimed singer and composer who took the #1 spot on the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Vocalist.

Artist Personnel

Fred Hersch piano
Julian Lage guitar
Kate McGarry vocals

Artist Website

"Hersch is an artist indifferent to genre and unbeholden to musical fashion. The jazz tradition he best connects to is the unshakable iconoclasm of Thelonious Monk " — The New York Times
"Evocative lyricism, superb control and ample vocal and emotive range. Her voice would be iconic in any genre " — LA Weekly on Kate McGarry
"Lage’s knowledge of harmony and his familiarity with the fretboard is so extravagant and capacious that he brings flourishes to this music that it simply hasn’t enjoyed before " — New Yorker