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Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band

“Great writing and blazing playing.” — jazz icon Bob Mintzer

“I have heard hundreds of ‘Bo Rhaps’ by now, but none quite like this…the language is rich and daring, and entirely stimulating.” — Queen guitarist Brian May, referring to an earlier arrangement by Rick Hirsch

Mix the colors of Bob Mintzer's big band with the deep pocket of The Meters and a healthy dash of Spike Jones' good-natured cheekiness.

And you just might get Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band, 20-piece group which performs the music of award-winning jazz composer Rick Hirsch. Collectively, these musicians have multiple GRAMMY nominations, and have performed with the Airmen of Note, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and with Indie-pop band Saint Motel.

Featured soloists include trombonist Jim McFalls, pianist Steve Rudolph, accordionist Alex Meixner, and saxophonists Greg Johnson and Pete Barenbregge.

Rick Hirsch began his career apprenticing with jazz icons Bob Mintzer and Toshiko Akiyoshi, serving each as their personal music copyist. He has written music for jazz greats Yusef Lateef and Eddie Henderson, the Capitol Quartet, and the storied Penn State University Blue Band, to name a few.

SAXOPHONES: Tim Powell, Kate Anderson, Greg Johnson, Pete Barenbregge, Oliver Fairley
TRUMPETS: Eddie Severn, Brent Turney, Dale Orris, Barry Long
TROMBONES: Jim McFalls, Jay Vonada, Dan Weiner, Wes Thompson
RHYTHM: Steve Rudolph (piano), Tim Breon (guitar), Jeff Beck (bass), Kevin Lowe (drums), Bob Velez (percussion)
GUESTS: Alex Meixner (accordion), James Witherite (B3, Nord), Agatha Wang (piano)