21 October 1955, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Hersch grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a very musical family. Playing piano from the age of three, he turned to jazz in his high school senior year. In 1975 he attended the New England Conservatory and after two years returned to Cincinnati where he played professionally. He spent six weeks on the road with Woody Herman, then relocated to New York. During the late 70s and early 80s he played with many leading artists, including Art Farmer, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Chris Connor and Jane Ira Bloom. During the middle of the decade he set up his own studios, recording several musicians, notably fellow pianists Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Dick Hyman and Roger Kellaway. Herschs interest in classical music has led him to arrange and perform intriguing variations on classical themes, and he has also composed extensively in both jazz and classical style, recording Concerto with the unusual combination of Toots...
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