Jazz piano faculty Fred Hersch nominated for two Grammy Awards

Jazz piano faculty member and Rutgers Distinguished Artist  Fred Hersch is nominated for two Grammys this year: Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Open Book, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for Whisper Not. Hersch has been nominated multiple times.

Hersch, also a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, was interviewed by Terry Gross on her NPR show, Fresh Air, in September 2017, in celebration of his new memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, and new album, Open Book. He spoke with Gross about his life as a musician and making his way through the jazz world as a gay man living with AIDS.

"I didn't expect to be 40. I didn't expect to be 50. I didn't expect to be 60," says Hersch, who was put into a seven-week medically induced coma in 2008 to treat viral pneumonia. "And actually, since I've recovered from the coma, I feel like my playing is, in every possible way, better. I think it's deeper. I don't - I'm not self - so self-critical or judgmental about what I play. I feel like my career has blossomed." Listen to the interview here.

The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS from 7:30 to 11 p.m. ET.

Photo of Fred Hersch by Keith Muccilli.
Information accurate as of fall 2017.