Thursday, August 22 7:00PM
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and the Maysles Documentary Center Co-Present:
THE BALLAD OF FRED HERSCH
(Charlotte Lagarde & Carrie Lozano, 2016, 74 min.)
The Ballad of Fred Hersch is an intimate portrait of one of today's foremost jazz pianists. With more than 30 albums and 12 Grammy nominations under his belt, Hersch is internationally revered in jazz circles as a master improviser. A maverick in music and in life, he was the first jazz musician to come out as gay and HIV-positive in the early 1990s, and he miraculously survived a two-month coma in 2008. Both exacting and full of love, our unfettered cameras capture Hersch’s creative process as he does double duty as a workaday jazzman and first-time theater producer—turning his tragedies into triumphal art.
Q&A with directors Charlotte Lagarde & Carrie Lozano following the screening
This is a Free Program
Fred Hersch will be performing as part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 25th at Tompkins Square Park. For more information about the performance, please visit: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/art-blakey-tribute/
For more info on Fred Hersch, visit the website.