Professor Fred Hersch and alumna Cristina Pato nominated for Grammy Awards

Fred Hersch, distinguished artist in the jazz piano program, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: one for best improvised jazz solo on the piece "We See" (from the album Sunday Night at the Vanguard) and the other for the album itself, performed with the Fred Hersch Trio. An eight-time Grammy Award nominee, Hersch is a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist who was named the 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Cristina Pato, a Mason Gross alumna who earned a doctorate of musical arts in collaborative piano, has been nominated along with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for best world music album for Sing me Home, as well as for best music film for The Music of Strangers. Pato, a native of Spain, plays gaita (Galician bagpipes) in the ensemble. In September, Pato celebrated her 10th anniversary as a member of Silk Road, comprised of musicians from more than 20 countries with a mission to promote multicultural collaborations via educational, cultural, and performance programs.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Photo of Fred Hersch by Martin Zeman. Photo of Cristina Pato by Erin Baiano.

Posted December 2016.