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The Ballad of Fred Hersch

Internationally renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch has been playing professionally for the better part of four decades. Hersch has always been a rarity in the jazz world—a young musician in the ’70s and ’80s accepted by an older generation of bebop greats; a publicly gay man in the ’90s Midwest, bravely and openly HIV-positive; and presently, an eight-time Grammy nominee staging a multimedia performance inspired by his miraculous survival of a two-month, AIDS-related coma. Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said, “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.” Lagarde and Lozano’s intimate portrait follows the musician as he transforms his darkest hours into an innovative multimedia jazz theatre experience.

Genres: Music, Documentary