photo by Vincent Soyez

Pianist Fred Hersch is a mainstay of the NEC jazz faculty who has brought unique demonstrations of his artistry as a solo pianist, composer, and collaborator to his Jordan Hall concerts.

Hersch's teaching residency at NEC this week includes a public masterclass on October 29. This visit comes on the verge of a major national tour in which Hersch will perform with his trio, solo, and in duo with Julian Lage, with whom he recently released the recording Free Flying. Hersch will return to Boston on November 21 to perform with Lage at Scullers.

In tonight's concert, NEC student ensembles coached by Hersch during this residency will perform two sets of his vocal music with lyrics by Azimuth vocalist Norma Winstone, followed by an instrumental set. Winstone's work with Hersch has appeared on the recording Songs and Lullabies.

Fred Hersch: Songs & LullabiesStuttering
A Lark
Out Someplace
Song Without Words #4: Duet
performed by Pocket Orchestra:
Sami Stevens, vocals
David Neves, trumpet
Evan Allen, piano
Nick Neuberg, drums
A Wish (Valentine)
performed by vocalist Alexandra Keller with Shane Simpson, piano
Songs & Lullabies
performed by vocalist Jonghyun Lee with Philip Golub, piano
performed by vocalist Nedelka Prescod with Chris McCarthy, piano
The Eighth Deadly Sin
performed by vocalist Sam Jones with Alec Watson, piano
Bird in the Rain
performed by vocalist Akenya Seymour with Isaac Wilson, piano

Riddle Song
Down Home
Dream of Monk
performed by
Kai Sandoval, trumpet
Hery Paz, tenor saxophone
Chris McCarthy, piano
Henry Fraser, bass
Robin Baytas, drums

Date: October 30, 2013 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall

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