LIVE: Fred Hersch at the Senate Garage Kingston, NY 12/7/19

Solo jazz piano performances are extremely challenging for the performer. They demand the pianist be responsible for melody, harmony, and rhythm using just their hands and pedals to control the volume. Fred Hersch is one of the masters of this art form. He displayed his talents at this at the Senate Garage in Kingston, performing a set of standards and originals in spite of experiencing technical difficulties with the piano during the set. This performance was part of the ongoing Jazzstock series curated by Teri Roiger and John Menegon.

Pieces ranged in style from Billy Strayhorn’s UMMG to Jim Webb’s top 40 hit from the 60s, “Wichita Lineman.” The music was diverse, ranging from a reflective contemplative style to a delightful romp with Sonny Rollins tune “St Thomas” and the Joni Mitchell chestnut “My Old Man.” The performance ended with a disjointed Thelonius Monk medley.

Fred can be heard in the area further north at Caffe Lena December 22 .

The Jazzstock series resumes on January 25th with another appearance by the Levin Brothers band now touring with guitarist Jeff Ciampa as part of the band.

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