Jeff Hirshfield

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Jeffrey Lee Hirshfield (born August 22, 1955) is an American jazz drummer.

Hirshfield was born in New York City. He studied under Ed Soph. He worked for the Joffrey Ballet in 1976-77 and then played with Mose Allison (1977–79). During the 1980s he worked with Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan (1981–85), Toshiko Akiyoshi (1986-89), and Bennie Wallace (1987–90). Alongside Fred Hersch and Steve LaSpina, he was a member of the trio Etc. during 1988-91. During this time he also played in a trio with Hersch and Michael Formanek. From 1990 he played with Harold Danko, played in Formanek's Wide Open Spaces project, and played again with LaSpina in a quartet setting. He also worked in a quartet with John Abercrombie and Andy LaVerne early in the 1990s. In the mid-1990s he played in a trio with Marc Copland and Dieter Ilg (1992–95), another trio with Tim Berne and Formanek (1993–94), and the Lan Xang ensemble with David Binney, Donny McCaslin, and Scott Colley (after 1995).

Hirshfield has also played with a number of other leaders, including Bob Belden, Marc Copland, Vic Juris, Steve Slagle, Dave Stryker, Jim Snidero, Warren Bernhardt, Jay Anderson, and Paul Bley.


With Paul Bley

With Joey Calderazzo

  • The Traveler (Blue Note, 1993?)

With Pat Martino

With Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan

  • Sprint (Elektra/Musician, 1982)


  • Gary W. Kennedy, "Jeff Hirshfield". Grove Jazz online.