Fred Hersch is one of the top pianists in the modern Jazz world, his deft and often innovative playing, arranging and compositional skills earning him boatloads of acclaim and numerous awards over the course of his extensive career.
He’s also one of Cincinnati’s greatest musical exports; the brilliant 58-year-old musician grew up in North Avondale and attended Walnut Hills High School.
It was just announced that Hersch (along with the fellow Cincinnati natives of Indie Rock band The National) has earned his latest Grammy nomination, scoring a nod in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category for his work on “Song Without Words #4: Duet,” a track off of his album with guitarist Julian Lange, Free Flying, which was released in September on the Palmetto label.
Hersch plays four “Holidays in Cincinnati” shows this week, performing two sets per night (at 7 and 9 p.m.) with his trio this Monday and Tuesday.
$30. Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-241-9477, thebluewisp.com.