posted September 9, 2004

Jazz Musicians to Perform on Sept. 25

The department of music at Hope College will feature pianist Fred Hersch, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and bassist Tom Knific on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Pianist Fred Hersch is an innovative force in the jazz community, having received two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. "The New Yorker" describes him as "a poet of a pianist." Hersch has recorded 20 albums as either soloist or bandleader.

Guitarist Gene Bertoncini is recognized worldwide for his eclectic performances with several groups, including the Benny Goodman Sextet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In Brazil, Bertoncini was named jazz guitarist of the year twice.

Bassist Tom Knific's talent is also recognized internationally. As the bandleader for the Western Jazz Quartet, Knific has performed on four different continents. He just released his first solo album, "Home Bass."

Knific is a member of the faculty at Western Michigan University, where Hersch and Bertoncini serve as artists-in-residence.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located on the central Hope campus, between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.