With a career that started with playing national concerts at the age of 10 in 1965, his talent as a player, composer, and teacher have never been questioned. Some of his former students, such as Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson (co-founder of the Bad Plus) have themselves been featured artists at the Cork Jazz Festival. This year, Fred will be taking to the stage with his trio for the evening concert in The Everyman on October 27.
Fred has had plenty of time to look forward to this concert: “This is a rescheduled concert from last year, so I’m very much looking forward to coming to Cork, as I hear the festival is quite lovely. There are so many places where I’m fortunate enough to be able to perform; unfortunately as a working musician, I can say that I’ve been to many wonderful places, but all I’ve seen is an airport or a train station and a concert hall, a restaurant and hotel. So I don’t always have the time to go out and be a tourist or take advantage of being in many lovely places.
“As a professional musician, I want to be in the best shape for the best possible performance for the audience. And also for myself, for my bandmates. If that means you’re taking a taking a nap in the afternoon, rather than running around town or going to a museum, then that’s sort of the choice I make. But hopefully in Cork I will have a lot of energy or have a day off, and I’ll get to actually look around.”
The Fred Hersch Trio and Linley Hamilton Quintet play The Everyman on Sunday, October 27.