Fred Hersch, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Fred Hersch (photo by Matthew Sussman)

Fred Hersch (photo by Matthew Sussman)

“The first record album that I ever bought? I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me that. And I don’t know the answer.

We had a motley collection of shit around the house … some classical music, kiddie records and just weird, assorted stuff. My parents were symphony-goers, and my grandparents were classical musicians, but not professionals really. So there was music around the house.

But I’m sure that with my hard-earned money, I went out and bought a Beatles single when it first came out. Of course, I was around in the late ’60s for the great flowering of American pop … Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Motown, James Taylor, Paul Simon … and they had an effect on me, certainly. And my lifelong interest in classical music. which is still an active part of what I do. All of that is in the soup.

I came to jazz relatively late, even though I was an improviser from day one. I never took jazz piano lessons. I learned jazz by playing on bandstands, essentially.”

The masterful jazz pianist Fred Hersch takes the stage for a solo performance at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock at 6pm on Saturday. Reserved tix are $40; general admission is $25; children under 12 $5.

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