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Hank Hirsh: Press/Reviews

ABC Family Channel buys two cuts from the quintet's 2005 release Around & Back (Samba Omocha and Taeko's Tune) to be used on their program Wildfire. The episode, #2013 aired originally in April 2006.
As Hirsh considers himself a better writer than a player (he is also an excellent player) this is a very proud, joyous and significant moment for Hirsh and his band. Best of luck to this sincere musician and his players. After nearly thirty years on the scene he is getting some well deserved recognition.
Extended Chord Magazine (Aug 17, 2006)
What Can I Say: Hank HirshBeautifully lush and mellow, Hirsh brings Chicago style jazz to Portland. $0.75

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Hank Hirsh -- Lost and FoundAnd here is a great example of a jazzy sound! Good trombone solo! $0.75

discover local music catalog

Lost and Found - Hank HirshA gentle jazz groove with adept, dynamic playing. $0.75

What Can I Say - Hank HirshBeautifully lush and mellow, Hirsh finally brings his Chicago-style jazz to Portland. $0.75
The Hank Hirsh Quintet has a beautiful chemistry. The originals are interesting, fiery, soulful, hip and unusual. The players are of the highest caliber. The youngest member of the group is Sam, pianist and son of Hank. He is 16 and smokin'. Great things in store for this boy. Chris Conrade, formerly legendary bassists Leroy Vinnegar's favorite drummer, has played with many big names and continues still. His commitment to this band is spiritual, ideological and personal. Dave "Bones" is a fine, swinging trombonist out of the J.J. Johnson mold. One of Portland's busier session players. Dave Speranza, a college student, and one of Portland's top up and coming bassists.
This band plays with a lot of integrity. Although the players are all excellent soloists, the band's strength lies in its ensemble sound. Hirsh's compositions are perfect for this instrumentation because he writes them that way. Their live performances are super high energy, and relaxed. The leader has a wonderful sense of humor and great rapport with his audiences. He has also been known to sing a tune occasionally when the mood strikes.
This is a band that does not compromise. Integrity of the music is of the highest priority.
Hear them live and feel the true meaning of jazz. Here are five men who speak a common language both on and off the stage. A soulful mix of talent, creativity and unquestionable dedication to the art of jazz music make this one of the finest bands around. Around and Back you'll be. Dig!
Extended Chord Magazine (Jul 24, 2005)
Reporter's Notebook
It's not 'the world's greatest CD,' but then again, it's not bad
Portland Business Journal - July 21, 2006by Andy GiegerichBusiness Journal staff writer
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Packaged music compilations tend to pose challenges for listeners and critics alike. They can often sound the same, or consist of throwaways that didn't make it onto artists' "regular" albums.

Which brings us to Umpqua Bank's compilation, Discover Local Music, Vol. 1: Sacramento to Seattle Playlist. The CD offers. . .

(We interrupt this review for a slice of smarm: Umpqua Bank did a local popular music compilation? What's next? "Intel's Jazzy Disposition?" "Rose Festival Carnival Music, presented by Honey Buckets?")

. . .a glimpse of local artists, some well-known, who reside, work and record their wares in Umpqua's service region.

Umpqua is known for doing things differently, and I'm guessing it's the first bank to put out a pop compilation on what's effectively it's own label.

So what, exactly, does a bank know about putting together a local music compilation? Unbelievably, quite a bit. At least when it works with Rumblefish Inc., the Portland music licensing firm that apparently recommended songs from hundreds of artists.

Umpqua did well. The disc starts with "Home," by Charlie Campbell, catchy acoustic-based ditty that moves along nicely. Campbell's voice reminds me of Monkee Mickey Dolenz's; the vocal mix could be higher, but the overall sound and peppy feel is infectious.

"Any Way You Say It," by Rye Hollow, is another snappy and well-sung number that, like a good Liz Phair song, will grow on you. Hank Hirsh weighs in next with "Dirty Henry." Hirsh gives us a post bop-like arrangement with outstanding instrumentation. It's an exceptional piece of music.

The disc faces something of a drop-off with "Something Beautiful," a formulaic and repetitive Midnight Oil soundalike by Woke Up Falling. However, things recover quickly with "Bamboo Pole," by Mike Coykendall. The tune starts out like "Sugar Sugar," but its excellent baritone vocals quickly reduce the latter song's sappiness. Bonus points for what sounds like an oboe crawling through the mix. It's a great song, tied with "Dirty Henry" as the disc's best.

Of course, "Blister," by Easterly, isn't far behind. The heavier piece of riff-laden power pop recalls the best of London's new wave bands circa 1979. Great harmonies.
Andy Giegerich - Portland Business Journal (Jul 21, 2006)
{Jazz} Despite a 30-year career and a behind-the-beat, edgy, you-want-to-make-something-of-it, tough tenor sound, Hirsh isn't known so well in these parts. You can hear in the Chicago native's sax playing marvelously biting echoes of Windy City greats like Clifford Jordan and Lin Halliday, among others. For this outing, Hirsh leads a young quartet( including son Sam, a promising pianist) through a couple sets of hard-bop tinged cookers. TIM DUROCHE. Wired Coffee, 2035 SE 39th Ave. 230.0302
Tim Duroche - Willamette Week 6.11.05
The Hank Hirsh Quintet
Album: Around And Back

Around And Back

For those wondering where to find the "good" Jazz, look no further. Saxophonist Hank Hirsh and company have released a gem in Around and Back, a thirteen track CD guaranteed to restore your faith in the genre's vitality.

Joining Hirsh on this set are Rob Boone on trombone, pianist Gary Moran, bassist Scott Black, and Fred Hayes on drums. According to the liner notes, this was the first time these five gentlemen had played together as a band; however, the ensuing chemistry gives one the impression of a long-time history as an ensemble.

Around and Back works its way through various stylistic grooves, creating an overall dynamic of motion from start to finish. From the kick-start of "Unusual Blues For Boy", a cool finger-snapping tune featuring a round of solos from everyone, you know you've got the real deal.

"What Can I Say?" takes it down to a slower pace, only to kick up a notch again for "Hip-Lypso", a Caribbean-flavored jaunt with a serpentine melody. Things are brought to a boil with "Hank-Like" and the Latin swinger "The Giri-Giri."

More highlights include the intense "Lost and Found"; a wistful ballad, "The Pearl (Who's Your Favorite Trumpeter?)"; an impossibly infectious "Taeko's Tune"; the hard-swingin' "Blowin' in From Chicago (Hank's Theme)"; and the ultra-funky "Dirty Henry", presented only as an outtake, but still a fun piece nonetheless.

The Hank Hirsh Quintet has delivered a masterwork in Around and Back, which will surely please Jazz aficionados everywhere.

Songs From Around and Back:


Blowin' in From Chicago (Hank's Theme)


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Bank Invites Customers to Experience New Discover Local Music Program
and Enjoy Hank Hirsh Jazz Quintet on July 7

Umpqua Bank, the Pacific Northwest’s largest community bank, announces that its Pearl District store will be celebrating First Thursday in July with a mix of live music and engaging art. On Thursday, July 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Umpqua’s Pearl store will feature the paintings of local artist Eric Swenson and the Hank Hirsh Jazz Quintet.

July 7 Showcases Umpqua’s Discover Local Music program, Free CD to First 20
Just two weeks after the launch of Umpqua’s new Discover Local Music program — which connects Portlanders with the eclectic sounds of the city’s music scene — this First Thursday celebration is just another reminder of how Umpqua Bank remains committed to investing in the communities it serves, particularly in the areas of arts and culture. The Hank Hirsh Jazz Quintet is a featured artist in the Discover Local Music Catalog.

To help celebrate these First Thursday events, Umpqua will offer the first 20 attendees a free pass to the Discover Local Music program, which is currently only available at Umpqua’s Pearl District store. The bank plans to roll out the program to the general public at select stores in Oregon, Washington and California and online at in the fall.

Umpqua’s Pearl store is located at 1139 NW Lovejoy.

How Discover Local Music Works
The program is free to new or existing customers with any account opening. Or, Umpqua customers can come into the Pearl store to create a CD anytime for only $8. The process is easy:
· Use the Umpqua Bank computer café at the Pearl District store and go to the new music-on-demand website, Enter the password received with a new account opening or purchase.
· Preview approximately 80 available tracks and create your own custom mix of local music.
· Hit “submit” and receive a customized CD within three business days.

About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) and has 93 locations between Sacramento, Calif. and Bellevue, Wash., along the Oregon and Northern California Coast and in Central Oregon. In 2004, Umpqua Bank launched the Connect Volunteer Network, an innovative, paid volunteer program focused on youth and education. Bank associates volunteered at more than 100 organizations in the program's first year. Umpqua Holdings also owns retail brokerage subsidiary Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc., which has locations in Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Umpqua Bank's Private Client Services Division provides tailored financial services and products to individual customers. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit

Contact Information:
Name: Lani Hayward
Phone: 503-727-4132

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