Hailed by the New York Times as "a pianist, composer and conceptualist of rare imaginative power", Fred Hersch is among the most prolific and widely-praised solo jazz pianists of his generation.
He was awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association and his 2011 CD 'Alone at the Vanguard' has been nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards: for Best Instrumental Album and for Best Jazz Improvised Solo.
Since working as sideman to jazz legends Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz in the 1970s, Hersch has gone on to collaborate with some of the finest musicians on today's scene - Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, Renée Fleming and Norma Winstone, to name but a few, all the while crafting a signature approach to the standard jazz repertoire, investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique.
Hersch was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist and his second featured run is documented on the 'Alone at the Vanguard' CD.
Coming here straight from the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, Hersch's gig at The apex is one of just a handful of what are quite rare solo gigs in the UK.
"...the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so." - Tad Hendrikson, Vanity Fair
Tickets are £16 (with £14 concessions), show starts at approximately 8pm.