Fred Hersch Trio Brings Potent Piano Jazz to the DPAC Presenting Series

By DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, March 9, 2020 News & Announcements

[About a 6 MIN read]

A highly respected trio led by influential pianist Fred Hersch arrives with spring to bring superb jazz back to the DeBartolo Performing Art Center’s Leighton Concert Hall. His eponymous trio is rounded out by long-time collaborators, John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. This one-night-only engagement is Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

“A jazz for the 21st century” – The New York Times Sunday Magazine

Over more than 30 years, the Fred Hersch Trio has evolved to remain at the peak of modern jazz, revered for mastering a combination of breathtaking interplay and electric inspiration. Having begun their second decade of touring and recording in 2018 to rave reviews, the current trio performs original music and standards covering a wide range of styles and approaches while maintaining profound depths of emotion and an exhilarating spark of invention. They have earned three Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, the latest in 2018 for their release Live in Europe.

Fred Hersch TrioOf Hersch, The New York Times Sunday Magazine wrote, “Singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century – is the pianist and composer Fred Hersch.” A 15-time Grammy Award nominee, he’s earned an impressive number of music’s most prestigious awards, including the 2016 Doris Duke Artist and the 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. He has collaborated with an astonishing range of artists including Anat Cohen, Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, and Miguel Zenón, as well as vocalists Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Zenón, Elling, Spalding, and McLorin Salvant are all past Presenting Series artists.

John Hébert was named in DownBeat’s 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist,” and won in 2011. As well as performing and teaching internationally with an array of today’s leading contemporary creative musicians, Eric McPherson teaches privately and at the University of Hartford’s, Jackie Mclean institute.


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Fred Hersch Trio

After three decades, the Fred Hersch Trio remains at the pinnacle of modern jazz, revered for thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity. The current trio teams celebrated pianist Fred Hersch, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Eric McPherson.


March 27, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.