Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 7:27 AM

Four Jazz Journalism Award Nominations

Congrats to Fred who is nominated in several categories of this year’s Jazz Journalists Association awards:
Jazz Musician Of The Year
Record Of The Year (“Sunday Night At The Vanguard”)
Duo Or Trio Of The Year (Fred Hersch Trio)
Pianist Of The Year

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 3:44 PM

Two 2017 Grammy Nominations

The Fred Hersch Trio: Sunday Night at the Vanguard has been nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards!  Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.  Grammys are on February 12th, 2017
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 4:15 PM

2016 Doris Duke Artist Award

I am thrilled to be named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist.  It provides $275,000 for artistic and career advancement.  To learn more about this extraordinary honor, read here:
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 11:25 AM

Foreign Artist of the Year

I was just named Foreign Artist of the Year in Jazz Magazine (France).  And Fred Hersch SOLO was awarded the French Grand Prix de Disque from L'Academie de Jazz.  Please check for upcoming tour dates.  Thanks!
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 8:49 AM

Fred's 60th Birthday Musical Events!

From October 15th-18th the Peak Performances@Montclair State will present the world premiere of "Rooms of Light: The Life of Phoographs", a staged song cycle with words by Mary Jo Salter.  All the performance and transportation info is here:
And from October 20th-25th I will be playing with my trio at the Village Vanguard at 8:30 and 10:30pm.  Call 212 255 4037 or go to for tickets.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 2:08 PM

New CD: Fred Hersch SOLO

My new live solo CD was released on September 4th and it contains music by Hersch, Jobim, Kern, Monk and Joni Mitchell.  “When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers:  Fred Hersch and everybody else.”  *****Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz  Available now at, iTunes and
Monday, July 20th, 2015 8:28 AM


Fred has been named #3 Jazz PIanist in the 2015 Downbeat Critic's Poll; and look for a cover story in Downbeat on Fred in the October, 2015 issue!
Friday, December 5th, 2014 2:24 PM

Two 2014 Grammy Nominations!

I am thrilled to be nominated for two 2014 Grammy Awards! For Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for my trio CD "Floating" and for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "You & The Night & The Music" from the same CD. Wish me luck! Grammys are February 8th...
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 7:55 AM

My Coma Dreams on DVD to benefit TAG

My jazz/theater piece My Coma Dreams is now available on DVD to benefit Treatment Action Group, a global health non-profit think tank that works to solve the problems of AIDS, Hepatitis-C and TB world-wide.
In addition to the 85-minute performance, there are extra behind-the-scenes interviews and feature with the participants.  World AIDS Day is December 1st and this is an important cause.  The Holiday are coming, so this would make great gifts.  ;-)
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 1:58 PM

Downbeat Reader's Poll

I am thrilled to have placed 6th in the 2014 Downbeat Reader's Poll, my first time honored in that category!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 9:53 AM

Amazing NY Times Review of "Floating"

This is one of the best reviews i have ever gotten.  The CD is #2 at Amazon in Jazz and just debuted at #10 on the Billboard Jazz chart!
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 4:27 PM

New Trio CD "Floating" Available Now!

"Floating" with me, John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums is available now from Palmetto Records on iTunes and at Amazon and other fine retailers.  Seven new compositions by me and music by Dietz/Schwartz, Lerner/Loewe and Monk.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 8:57 AM

New Fred Hersch Fake Book 3rd Edition

There is now a new Fred Hersch Fake Book containing 89 tunes (including from my upcoming CD Floating) written between 1989-2104.  It is available as a PDF download from the Music Page of this website.  Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 6:49 AM

Downbeat Critic's Poll

I am happy to announce that I have placed #5 in the 62nd Annual Downbeat Critic's Poll in the Acoustic Piano category, a huge honor.  The full list of winners will be in their August issue.  Cool!
Thursday, June 19th, 2014 5:03 PM

Fred on Facebook!

I have entered the social media world in a big way.  Jesse Markowitz is posting a track from one of my albums or a link every day.  I hope that you will "like" me. ;-)
Saturday, December 7th, 2013 10:01 AM

6th Grammy Nomination!

I just found out that I have been nominated for my 6th Grammy Award!  For Best Instrumental Improvised Jazz Solo for my solo on Song Without Words #4: Duet from the duo  CD "Free Flying" with guitarist Julian Lage.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 4:06 PM

5***** in Downbeat!

My new duo CD with guitarist Julian Lage just received a rare 5***** rating in the upcoming December issue of Downbeat.
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 8:04 AM

Fred Hersch & Julian Lage: New Duo CD

Palmetto Records is pleased to announce the release of Fred Hersch & Julian Lage "Free Flying". Julian is a brilliant young guitarist and this duo CD was recorded live at Jazz at Kitano in NYC.
Available now at Amazon, on iTunes and at
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 1:33 AM

Pianist of the Year

Nice news:  I have again been nominated as Jazz Pianist of the Year 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association.  Check my tour page for upcoming gigs...Happy Spring!
Thursday, December 20th, 2012 9:08 AM

My Coma Dreams in NYC

I am thrilled that the Columbia University Program in Narrative Medicine will present my jazz-theater piece My Coma Dreams at the Miller Theatre at Columbia for two shows on March 2nd.  For more information:
Monday, November 5th, 2012 8:21 PM

Cover Story in Keyboard Magazine!

Monday, October 15th, 2012 9:25 AM

Grand Prix du Disque

The Fred Hersch Trio-Alive At The Vanguard”  has been awarded the Grand Prix - Catégorie Jazz - for 2012 by the French Académie Charles Cros, which is the oldest and most prestigious institution in France giving awards to records, founded in 1947.
Monday, September 10th, 2012 11:36 AM

New Trio CDs / Village Vanguard / US Tour

The 2-disc trio set "Alive at the Vanguard" is out now on Palmetto Records!  We will be celebrating the release at the Vanguard Sept 11-16 and touring in the US this month.  For tour dates, please check out the Tour Page - and you can order the CD HERE or from Amazon or iTunes.  Thanks for your support!

The press has weighed in –
» read what the critics are saying about Alive at the Vanguard
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 6:36 PM

Extended Interview by Ethan Iverson

This is mostly about my early days in New York from his Do The Math Blog:
Friday, June 1st, 2012 6:36 AM

New Duo CD

Bee Jazz (France) has just released "Da Vinci", my duo CD with the wonderful Italian clarinetist Nico Gori.  He is really remarkable!
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 12:50 PM

Feature on NEA Website for Jazz Appreciation Month

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 3:29 PM

Great Trio Review in The New York Times

Friday, December 30th, 2011 7:27 PM

New Trio Videos On The Site

Go to the "Music" page and you will find 4 new videos of my trio (with John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums) shot in Muri, Switzerland from Fred's 8-country trio tour in November 2011.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 12:24 PM

Two 2012 Grammy Nominations!

"Alone at the Vanguard" has been nominated for two 2120 Grammy Awards:  for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (for the entire CD) and for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for the track "Work" by Thelonious Monk.  These are Fred's 4th and 5th Grammy nominations.  Grammys are telecast on February 12th.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 6:00 PM

Wall Street Journal: My Coma Dreams

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 1:00 PM

New Music Box Interview and Video

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 12:28 PM

My Coma Dreams Website is Live

Please go to to read about the show, check out blog posts and see and hear clips.
Thursday, September 1st, 2011 12:25 PM

Exhibit Curated by Fred Hersch: Private Stash: A Musician's Eye

An exhibit of original music manuscripts, collected folk and fine art, video and audio opens on September 8th and runs through October 29th at Apexart, 291 Church Street between Walker and White in Tribeca from 11am-6pm.
Monday, July 25th, 2011 9:16 AM

59th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll

Fred has placed #4 in the Critics' Poll for Best Pianist of the Year.
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 8:20 AM

Jazz Pianist of the Year Award

Fred has been awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year 2011 by The Jazz Journalists' Association.  To see the full list of winners go to http:///
Friday, March 18th, 2011 1:14 PM

Fred Hersch Downbeat Magazine Blindfold Test

Friday, March 11th, 2011 11:05 AM

Superb All About Jazz Review

Saturday, March 5th, 2011 10:48 AM

Alone at the Vanguard Reviews

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 10:11 PM

New Solo CD - Alone at the Vanguard

Palmetto Records has just released "Alone at the Vanguard", recorded in December 2010 at the legendary club.  Though we recorded six nights and twelve sets, this disc contains, in its entirety, the twelfth and final set of the week.
Friday, February 4th, 2011 8:14 AM

New Sheet Music

Edition Peters has just published my intermediate-level piano arrangement of my composition "Valentine".  (No improvising required!).  This piece was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.
Friday, January 28th, 2011 8:08 AM
Available now! The Fred Hersch Trio's new CD Whirl.
» Read "What The Critics Are Saying About Whirl"
» order it @ Amazon

» Visit the Fred Hersch page on NPR for interview with Fred on "Fresh Air", "All Things Considered", "Live at the Village Vanguard" and other programs.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 3:41 PM

Hear The Fred Hersch Trio Live at the Village Vanguard