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.
the RICK HIRSCH 4
This instrumental foursome interprets rock and pop music through their unique filter of post-bop and modal jazz, drum-and-bass, and R&B. They stimulate and entertain listeners as they shed new light on classics by the likes of The Beatles, Van Morrison, Nirvana, and Eric Clapton.
The RH4 also performs the evocative and compelling 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.
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
Nittany Lion Inn
Centre Hills CC
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Scotch Valley CC
Blair County Heritage Center