Any honest accounting of the Fred Hersch Trio must arrive at the stark fact that it is the finest piano threesome since Bill Evans took the form into new dimensions in the late 50s. They both are undoubted geniuses of the piano. For his trio Fred found the right pair around 2009: bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson. Both comprised the last rhythm section of piano legend Andrew Hill.
Trio da Paz are Romero Lubambo on guitar and vocals, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on drums. Since Trio da Paz has a penchant for expanding its ranks, Saturday night will feature two guests clarinetist Anat Cohen and singer Claudia Villela – both headline-worthy talents on their own, and like Trio da Paz, marking a return to the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.