A fixture in New Orleans for many decades, Godfrey Hirsch was a fine vibraphonist whose main influence was Lionel Hampton. He started playing drums when he was 15 and studied percussion. Most of his gigs through the years were low-profile engagements but Hirsch did tour with Louis Prima for a year and Richard Himber's big band for three. After being part of the Dave Roberts Trio in 1943, he spent time in the Army. Following his discharge, the versatile Hirsch spent 15 years on the staff of WWL-CBS. In 1960 he joined Pete Fountain's band in New Orleans, playing vibes exclusively. Hirsch appeared on many of Fountain's Coral records and was associated with the clarinetist until his retirement. Godfrey Hirsch had one opportunity to lead his own record date, an album recorded during 1964-65 on Coral, At Pete's Place.
Godfrey Hirsch Biography
by Scott Yanow