Jake Hirsch

INSTRUCTOR

Jake Hirsch is a multi-faceted instrumentalist, instructor, and producer based in the Boston area. Since the age of fourteen he has been performing and gigging on saxophone, clarinet, and guitar. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jake grew up in twelve different towns due to his family’s military background, and in Hawaii he was introduced to the music of Michael Brecker by his high school band director, Ryan Murakami. He then decided to study Jazz Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music, where he had the opportunity to study and perform with world renowned faculty such as George Garzone, Bob Gullotti, Ralph Peterson, and Shannon LeClaire. 
 
He primarily performs with a variety of groups throughout New England on saxophone and clarinet but also plays guitar and sax in his progressive fusion band, LON, and on his progressive metal project, Snakedersch.
 
Jake’s endless curiosity and passion for the musical unknown has led him to create music that is not only memorable in melody but dives headfirst into territory that has not yet been heard. His music fuses elements from progressive metal, jazz, funk, rock, EDM, video games, and film scores, and draws inspiration from music, art, and cinema from around the world to create a style that is uniquely his own.
 
Birthday: December 15th
 
Schools Attended: Gulf Breeze High School – Gulf Breeze, FL; Bedford High School – Bedford, MA; James Campbell High School – Ewa Beach, HI; Berklee College of Music – Boston, MA
 
Instruments Taught: Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Ukelele
 
Favorite Music to Perform: Jazz Fusion, Straight Ahead Jazz, Progressive Metal
 
Favorite Music to Listen to: Depends on the mood I’m in!
 
Something most people don’t know about me: My first instrument was actually the violin in the 3rd grade, but I switched to clarinet after a year (my dog didn’t like my violin playing!)
 
Other non-musical hobbies: Rock Climbing, Cooking, Running, Movies, Video Games (Switch & PS4)
 
Musical Heroes: Wayne Shorter, Mark Turner, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Allan Holdsworth, Tosin Abasi, Chon, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Herbie Hancock, Tigran Hamasyan… just to name a few!
 
Practice Tip: Seek and Destroy! Find the smallest piece of information that isn’t to the level you want, and loop it at a comfortable tempo until it becomes muscle memory. Put that into context with the rest of the phrase, then increase the whole thing in increments of 5 bpm.