Director and librettist Herschel Garfein at Fred's for a rehearsal. Almost every meeting with Fred starts with an espresso and pastries from Balthazar. What a treat!
Watch for dog parks
Fred's partner Scott shared his side of the story with such grace and kindness, amid interruptions due to barking sounds. Production note: next interview, double check whether or not there is a dog park in the vicinity.
No Blues Here
We have the opposite of the blues. Day two of the "My Coma Dreams" music rehearsal was stunning. Yesterday, we had free-range DPs. Today, they were a bit more penned in. There were a lot of people in the room. But we got a complete run through of the show! We're show-ers, not tellers, so …
Countdown to “My Coma Dreams”
Had an amazing shoot today at SIR studios, where, we were told "A very professional" band was rehearsing very loudly across the hall from Stage 2. This iphone photo doesn't do it justice....About 4 weeks out from the premiere of "My Coma Dreams." Fred Hersch at the piano. Andy Shocken, camera left. Charlotte Lagarde, camera …
Fred at CUNY Jazz Legends series
Last night, we filmed Fred and critic Gary Giddins at the Jazz Legends series held at CUNY Graduate Center. Fred shared some fun memories of playing in the 70's in NY, interrupted by thunder and a hailstorm hitting the skylights. It will make for an interesting soundtrack!
Filming Michael Winther rehearsing at Fred’s
Yesterday's rehearsal of My Coma Dreams at Fred's was a gem. It was the first time I got to hear and film the song "The Knitters" in its entirety. Michael has the most beautiful voice. "I wrote it with him in mind," Fred told me afterward. It shows.
Fred’s latest album was just released!
Fred Hersch's latest: Alone at the Vanguard. Read what the NYTimes had to say.
A new PR record
This is the earliest press we've ever had - literally just as the project is beginning. Lagarde, Lozano Jam with NY Jazzman (via SF360.org)
Thanks to the iPad…
We all know the virtues of the ipad. But “documentary film catalyst” is a whole new app. That’s what sparked an in-flight conversation between jazz pianist Fred Hersch and my husband Don Loeb, who came home and said to me and Charlotte Lagarde, "You two should make a film about this guy." Which is exactly …