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State College, PA

(814) 867-9935

Rick Hirsch is a nationally-known composer, arranger and jazz educator living in State College, PA. Check out his music, book a live jazz band in Central Pennsylvania.

Rick Hirsch 4 - live jazz in State College PA

The Rick Hirsch 4 is a contemporary instrumental quartet. Saxophone-driven jazz, funk, soul, Americana, rock. State College, PA. Central PA.


Rick Hirsch's electric quartet interprets rock and pop music through their unique filter of post-bop and modal jazz, drum-and-bass, and R&B. They reinterpret classics by the likes of The Beatles, Van Morrison, Nirvana, and Eric Clapton. 

The RH4 also performs the evocative originals of saxophonist Rick Hirsch, an award-winning composer in his own right. And though they're making music without a net (i.e. their game plan is to expect spontaneity), everything they do is rooted in melody and groove.

Pittsburgh native Jeff Beck, whose day gig is as one of State High’s exceptional visual arts teachers, is a serious bassist who anchors this quartet — and solos up a storm.  He’s a grad of the Cincinatti Conservatory and is a force to be reckoned with. Indeed.

Kevin Lowe is the color man in the drum chair.  A native of Ithaca, he’s one of the finest drummers in the state.  His taste is impeccable and his approach to group playing is creative and very groovy. 

Guitarist Mac Himes is the guy for jazz guitar in Central PA, hands down.  He’s equally at home on arch-top and solid-body guitars, and likes to keep everyone guessing with his ever-growing array of effects pedals.

Saxophonist Rick Hirsch has performed with luminaries ranging from Tito Puente to Max Roach, Rufus Reid to Tim Hagans, and the Four Tops to the Temptations. He is the primary instigator in this conglomeration.


Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones

Fool to Cry by the Rolling Stones

She Moved Through the Faire (trad. Irish)





festivals & clubs

State Theatre (State College)
Central PA Festival of the Arts
First Night State College
Village St. Jazz & Blues Fest (Johnstown)
Blair County Arts Festival (Altoona)
Summer Jazz Celebration (Bellefonte)
Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council
Peoples Choice Festival
Rowland Theatre (Philipsburg)
Zola New World Bistro
Gamble Mill Tavern
Elk Creek Café + Aleworks
American Alehouse
The View

private events

Nittany Lion Inn
Penn Stater
Centre Hills CC
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Celebration Hall
Susquehanna CC
Scotch Valley CC
Lakemont Casino
Clearfield CC
Blair County Heritage Center

Gig Snapshots


credit:  Chuck Fong / Studio 2    DOWNLOAD HI-RES PHOTO

credit:  Chuck Fong / Studio 2 


credit:  Chuck Fong / Studio 2   DOWNLOAD HI-RES PHOTO

credit:  Chuck Fong / Studio 2