Direct from the USA , as a select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The L.A. Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker.
A fourteen-time Grammy nominee, Hersch has regularly garnered jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career.
With more than three-dozen albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch consistently receives lavish critical praise and numerous international awards for each highly anticipated new release. His latest album with his long-standing trio, 2018’s Live In Europe (Palmetto), documents one remarkable evening in Brussels and has been hailed as its best to date. His 2017 Palmetto album Open Book was, as the title implies, his most revealing and intimate solo outing, and was nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards.
Linley Hamilton has been the foremost Trumpeter in Ireland for the last 20 years. He is one of the most prolific figures in the jazz scene on these islands between his role as a Radio broadcaster for the BBC, his position as Professor of music at The Ulster University Magee and of course meeting the demands of his musical performances.
He has released several albums as a leader as well as appearing on several albums by Paul Brady and Eleanor McEvoy. Linley has also performed on several occasions with Van Morrison. In 2018 Linley released his most ambitious project to date, Making Other Arrangements. It was performed at last years Festival to an oversold house in The Curtis Room of The Cork School of Music. It received tremendous critical and public acclaim. The project, an album of re-arranged musical hits recorded with a full string ensemble performed at 4 of the biggest festivals in Ireland that year.
Now Linley returns to The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in a quintet format for his next creative project, For The Record. The album is due for release in Spring 2020 but Dr. Linley will be performing tracks form it in The Everyman. A superb recording that highlights Linley’s sensational ability as a virtuoso horn player. Supported with a star-studded touring line-up including Darren Beckett (Madeleine Peyroux) this album will secure Linley’s credentials as an international star. Performances for the quintet have already been booked in Moscow and Yokohama this October as well as a guest spot for Dr. Linley with Steve Gadd in Dublin in November.