Jonny Hirsch has established himself as one of New York City's most exciting solo artists. While other singers and saxophone players lead their bands exclusively on vocals or saxophone, Jonny is a multi-dimensional frontman - he leads the show with both his voice and saxophone.
The 28 year old singer/saxophone player is often compared to the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Karl Denson, and Steely Dan. While fusing together elements of rock, funk, jazz, and skat singing with a powerful voice and a dynamic saxophone, Jonny’s music has taken on a genre all of its own.
His unique style attracts a variety of New York City concertgoers and musicians. Over the past few years, some of New York City’s best studio and touring musicians (including Oz Noy, Andy Galore, and Ruben Rodriguez) have been part of Jonny’s band. “It’s an all-star band with Jonny leading the charge,” says lead guitar player Rich Simpson. “The songwriting is catchy and fun, but it also allows for a lot of interpretation and improvisation. I think Jonny’s crowd is growing because they love the songs, the tightness of the band, and the energy we bring to the stage each show.”
During the past year and a half, Jonny recorded the 11-track album Live from The Batcave, working with a range of different producers that included Rusty Cloud of The Blues Brothers, Mark Fineberg of Donna Summer, Ken Hitchcock of Steely Dan, and Charlie Lagond of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Each track is bigger than the next, featuring the classic quartet of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals with a powerful horn section providing all sorts of color and support.
Live from The Batcave is full of new age recipes of modern rock & blues with a do-wop noveau scat solo in “What Would You Do.” Songs such as “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” and “The Man Who Knew,” highlight the horn section weaving in and out of each chorus, enhancing the defiance delivered in Jonny’s lead vocals.
This versatile vocalist/saxophonist makes the listener feel grounded in the great traditions of American music, while taking them to a place that only his originality can. His diverse musical background is evident with different genres of music coming together to form one unique sound all of his own.
Jonny continues to play a wide variety of venues throughout New York City and the Tri-State area. He looks forward to a productive 2009 with Live from The Batcave.
LIVE FROM THE BATCAVE was derived from a series of live recordings and rehearsals at THE BATCAVE STUDIOS where Jonny spent over 2 years with his band. These recordings were subsequently brought to Jonny's producers where they were reworked, rearranged, and rerecorded. THE RHYME is the only song left untouched from THE BATCAVE STUDIOS.