–––"A sensational and exciting big band recording that deserves serious attention—4.5 stars" (AllAboutJazz.com
Spread among the small cities, college towns, and county seats of Pennsylvania is a community of great musicians—fantastic artists you may not know of who get together (often driving hours to meet) and make music that is every bit as creative and excellent as their big-city, big-name counterparts.
This isn’t specific to Pennsylvania—it’s like this all over. Regional jazz scenes are thriving beyond the fringes of major metro areas and throughout “flyover country.”
To celebrate this overlooked part of the jazz scene, Rick Hirsch called up 20 of his favorite small-town musician-friends and brought them to a world-class studio in the Pocono Mountains to make this record.
Rick Hirsch is an award-winning jazz composer who began his career apprenticing with jazz icons Bob Mintzer and Toshiko Akiyoshi, serving as a personal music copyist for each. 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. And he lives in the middle of Pennsylvania, a three-hour drive from the nearest big city.