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Fred Hersch Earshot Concert

Jim Wilke

One of the most admired and celebrated improvising pianists of his generation; Fred Hersch played a solo concert on the opening weekend of the 2016 Earshot Festival.   Playing the Steinway concert grand at Cornish College, he delighted a full house at Poncho Concert Hall.  Included were several of his own compositions as well as unique arrangements of a few standards.  The concert was recorded for broadcast and an hour of highlights will air on Sunday, November 6 at 2 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest on 88.5, knkx.  

Fred Hersch is the recipient of numerous international awards for his music and has over 36 albums including several Grammy nominees. He was the first artist to play a week-long solo engagement at The Village Vanguard and his second solo week there was recorded and received two Grammy nominations and the coveted Coup de Coeur de L'Académie Charles Cros.  In addition to solo, he also performs duos with many artists from jazz and classical worlds, and his trio plays often on festival and club dates.  He has also composed chamber music and theatrical and multi-media projects.  His autobiography Good Things Happen Slowly will be published shortly. 

This is part of a series of performances from the Earshot Festival, the next will feature trumpet players Brian Lynch and Thomas Marriott in The Night of the Cookers recorded at Tula's, airing on November 20. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 knkx and The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and after broadcast is available to stream at  

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Fred Hersch

Earshot Jazz

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.