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Fred Hersch
(October 21, 1955 - living) U.S.A.

Fred Hersch

Jazz pianist and composer

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he completed his studies at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music in 1977. He then moved to New York.

He has released 17 albums as a solo artist or bandleader, co-led a further 13, and played on more than 80 recordings. He has twice had Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.

He came out publicly as gay in 1984. He came out publicly as HIV-positive in about 1993. He contributed to the Aids Quilt Songbook, Memento Bittersweet (an album of songs by HIV-positive composers), and two albums for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against Aids: Last Night When We're Young: The Ballad Album and Fred Hersch & Friends: The Duo Album.

In 1999 he collaborated with the out-gay dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jomes onOut Someplace, which combined jazz with modern dance. In the Autumn of 1999 he made a short tour of the UK.

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Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

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