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

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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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