On Sunday, February 9th at 7pm, Newtown, CT's "Live at the Edmond Town Hall" music series returns with special guest Fred Hersch. Organized by Newtown resident Hayden Bates, all proceeds from this show will go towards the renovation of the Edmond Town Hall Theater. This is the fifth show in the series (previous guests: The Low Anthem, Bill Frisell and Sam Amidon, Brown Bird, and Phosphorescent), and will show-off the theater’s brand new, state of the art sound and lighting systems. Built during the Great Depression, the Edmond is the only $2 movie theater in Connecticut.
Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” 6-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. As a solo pianist (he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist - his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release, Alone at the Vanguard); as leader of a widely praised trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists; and as the impetus behind the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a full-evening work for 11 instruments, actor/singer and animation/multimedia -- Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of the New York Times who, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard - for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these were his fourth and fifth nominations. Fred has just been nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Solo.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.edmondtownhall.org/liveateth