Who: Fred Hersch, Miguel Zenón
What: Livestreamed concerts from the Village Vanguard
Where: Village Vanguard online
When: Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, $10, 9:00
Why: Jazz pianist, composer, and educator Fred Hersch is celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday, this past October 21, with the release of the intimate Songs from Home (Palmetto Records, November 6) and two shows at the Village Vanguard, to be streamed live from the legendary club. The Cincinnati-born Hersch will perform solo on November 6, then be joined by multiple Grammy nominee and MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone on November 7; tickets for each concert are $10 and will be available for viewing for twenty-four hours. Hersch recorded the album on a laptop in the woods of Pennsylvania during the pandemic; it includes such classics as Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman,” the Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” Frederick Loewe’s “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want,” and Duke Ellington’s “Solitude.” In the liner notes he explains, “I hope this selection of songs that mean something to me will bring some warmth to your days and that all of you stay well and walk with peace.” Puerto Rico native Zenón’s latest release is Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera, a tribute to the famed salsa singer.