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This has been a pretty incredible stretch of music and events... Thanks to all who came to the QJOG Spring Jazz Fest and the Pedro Giraudo Big Band CD release. Both were incredibly fulfilling, and I'm on a complete musical high following great performances with Pedro's band, Pannonia and Rufus Reid.
The headliner for this month is the release of me and Nico's new record, Reverse Angle. It's officially out on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon May 5 (available for pre-order now though!), and we'll be celebrating with a CD release show May 9 at Whynot Jazz Room. For those out West, we're working on booking a July duo tour, which will pass through Seattle, Portland, Eugene and Nothern California... stay posted, we're excited to be back out there as a duo, and will be doing both duo shows, and bringing our 2x3 series out West and featuring and collaborating with some of our favorite musicians in the Northwest.
The album has been getting a ton of great press leading up to the release. Here are some highlights:
"While guests, instrument changes, recognizable material, and intriguing structural devices all contribute to the success of this recording, the album's strongest selling point is simply the relationship between Deutsch and Soffiato. There's a comfort level in their exchanges that makes this music a pleasure to behold, regardless of complexity or intensity." – D. Bilawsky, All About Jazz (Full Review here)
"Trumpeter Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato take an invigorating approach to melody an harmony on their second outing, Reverse Angle, displaying an impressive command of diverse styles and textures...Through solid arrangements, bold colors and excellent harmonic balance, Deutsch and Soffiato make Reverse Angle truly memorable". – T. Holmes, The New York City Jazz Record (Download full issue here)
"On Time Gels #3, Mr. Soffiato plays some elegant, laid-back wha wha guitar...which sounds charming with Mr. Deutsch's lovely, somber trumpet...Gershwin's classic Someone to Watch Over Me is also done with sublime, austere elegance...It is nice for a change to listen to a disc which is melodic, somewhat haunting and tastefully played." – B. Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery. (Full review here... scroll down)
“High energy and filled with musical intuition… two very inspired musicians” – B Pollaci, Anima Jazz (Translated from Italian)
"Good for lovers of old jazz... one of those rare records to which anyone would return" – E. Garzia, Percorsi Musicali (translated from Italian)
Other notable events for the month include a guest directing spot with the all-county jazz band up in Orange County, an appearance on Sofia Rei's month long residence (every Saturday in May) at Subrosa, the monthly QJOG jazz jam at Flushing Town Hall, and gigs with Rebolu and a great big band series at the Jazz Gallery.
As always, thanks so much for reading and listening!
Hope everyone is surviving this painfully long and cold winter! (quiet, west coast people...)
A few musical events I'm very much looking forward to this month... This coming Wednesday, I'll be leading a clinic preceding the monthly jam session at Flushing Town Hall. We'll be talking about Dizzy Gillespie and the birth of bebop, and covering some fundamentals of bebop vocabulary, and then highlighting Diz's music in the house set. Speaking of trumpeters who called Queens home, RIP to the great Clark Terry, one of my all-time favorite trumpeters and heroes. Thanks for the music CT!
March 13th, I'll be back in New Mexico, with the Sofia Rei Sextet, appearing back at the beautiful concert hall of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The great pianist and an old friend from my Boston days, Leo Genovese joins the band, along with Eric Kurimski, Pablo Menares and Franco Pinna. Love playing Sofia's music with all these great musicians.
March 26th marks the first appearance at the Jazz Gallery for Emilio Teubal's ensemble. The septet includes Emilio on piano, Brad Shepik on guitar, Sam Sadigursky on clarinet, Adam Fisher on cello, Moto Fukushima on electric bass and the aforementioned Franco Pinna on drums (who apparently is on at least half the gigs I play these days). Emilio's music is extremely intricate, and really beautiful. Definitely worth checking out!
Lastly, mark your calendars for a couple shows on the horizon... QJOG's Spring jazz fest is coming up April 25, this year featuring special guest artist Rufus Reid as the headliner, as well as a performance by my band Pannonia, playing some brand new music. Also, Nico Soffiato and I have been hard at work putting the final touches on our second CD, ReverseAngle, which we will be unleashing on the world in May.
Greetings friends, fans & music lovers,
Happy new year!
Looking back on 2014, it has been an amazingly fulfilling musical year, and I feel so fortunate to be working alongside so many inspiring people. 2014 saw the releases of the first CD by my band Pannonia, as well as albums I played on by the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble and the Hipstones, the baddest thing to come out of Australia since the wallaby. The Queens Jazz OverGround (of which I am a proud member), put on our third jazz festival, featuring many of our Queens-based band-leading companions playing right here on our home turf for an ever-increasing jazz audience here. We continue to host a jam session the first Wednesday of every month, uniting players of all ages and levels into one of the friendliest jazz hangs in town. The next one is coming up this Wednesday the 7th, and will feature the music of former Queens resident Charles Mingus.
It was also a year in which I found myself involved in many exciting South American projects. Thanks to amazing bandleaders from Argentina (Sofia Rei, Pedro Giraudo, Emilio Teubal), Colombia (Ronald Polo & Grupo Rebolu, Diego Obregon) and Peru (Eric Kurimski - by way of Upstate New York) for letting me be part of the music, even if my Spanish language skills are sorely lacking... (New years resolution #1!)
And speaking of South American Music, January 12th marks the 3rd annual South American Music Festival, featuring 5 amazing bands from all over South America. The lineup is ridiculous - Camila Meza (Chile), Aquiles Baez (Venezuela), Sofia Rei (Argentina), Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Peru) and Nation Beat (Brazil/US). The last two years have been so packed, they're moving it to a larger venue (Meridian 23). Advance tickets are only $20, and are highly recommended, as this may sell out. Tix HERE:
I played Emilio Teubal's music for the first time this last year, and am very excited we get to do it again! Really intricate, challenging and beautiful writing. Check out a video here of a piece we performed at SubCulture last March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCZbC1f4UXg#t=515. This time we're playing BAM Cafe, which is a FREE show, but gets crowded.
2014 also marked the 8th year of the Josh Deutsch / Nico Soffiato duo, and we're putting the finishing touches on our 2nd album, which should be out in April of this year, with CD release tours planned for the West Coast and the New York area. In the meantime, we're continuing our 2x3 series in 2015, starting with our 14th installment coming up this Friday, January 9 at Branded Saloon in Brooklyn. We'll be featuring two duos brand new to the series, the wonderful Tammy Scheffer on voice, along with one of my favorite trombonists and Canadians, Mr. Mike Fahie. Rounding out the evening is a duo of drummer Noel Brennan and keyboardist Dana Malseptic. Can't wait to hear and collaborate with these guys!
Have a wonderful 2015, and as always, thank you for reading and listening, and I hope to see you in person soon!
Hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving! (My favorite of all the holidays). I'm thankful to be involved in so many great musical projects these days, and November was a total whirlwind!
December calms down a little, and I'll get to re-focus on one of my projects, Pannonia, which is back in action at one of my favorite venues in Queens, Terraza 7. We'll be there Thursday December 11, playing two sets starting at 8 pm. With Pannonia regulars Zach, Gary and Ronen, and my fellow Seattle native Andy Clausen stepping in on trombone. Speaking of Pannonia, our CD Another Time, Another Place came out earlier this year. Perhaps you already have a copy, but know someone who might enjoy it as a holiday gift (hint hint, nudge nudge). It can be found on Amazon, or if you email me (joshdeutschmusic @ gmail.com) I'm offering a special holiday package deal - any 2 CDs for $20, either 2 copies of the Pannonia album, or paired with my duo record with Nico Soffiato, Time Gels.
Hey, speaking of records with Nico Soffiato, we've mixed and mastered our upcoming second album, Reverse Angle. Stay tuned, and expect to see it out in the first half of 2015!
Also on the docket this month, this Wednesday, the Queens Jazz OverGround is back at Flushing Town Hall leading the monthly clinic and jam session. We've started a fun new format for the clinics, where we highlight one jazz legend from Queens, and discuss their music and techniques during the clinic, and then perform their music for the house set. December features the music of Louis Armstrong, and we'll be expanding to a sextet for this one, and adding Dennis Lichtman on clarinet and J. Walter Hawkes, along with usual suspects Brian, Amanda and Peter. Please send along any friends or students you think might benefit from the clinic. The sessions are always a lot of fun - very warm, friendly vibe open to all levels.
And finally, if anyone is searching for Christmas plans in New York, I'm once again joining my good friend and fantastic guitarist Eric Kurimski and his Afro-Peruvian Quartet. We recently collaborated on a few tunes that we're going to debut at this gig.
Happy holidays, and thank you for reading and listening!
So much exciting music happening this month, so I'll get right to it!
This Wednesday is a special edition of the monthly jam session we at the Queens Jazz OverGround host at Flushing Town Hall. The great Cuban drummer/percussionist Dafnis Prieto is appearing with his band at Flushing Town Hall Saturday the 8th, but he'll also be dropping by as the featured artist for the house set Wednesday at 7 pm. I'll be playing his tunes, along with my fellow QJOG member Amanda Monaco on guitar. Rounding out the band will be the stellar Mike Eckroth on piano, and Pablo Menares on bass. I'll also be leading a clinic from 6-7 about Dizzy Gillespie & the roots of Afro-Cuban jazz.
I'll be joining some great bands for the first time this month. November 13th, I'll be playing with Colombian marimba master Diego Obregon and his band Grupo Chonta at the Firehouse Space in Williamsburg. The next night, I'm thrilled to be reconnecting with my fellow New England Conservatory alum Darcy James Argue, and his Grammy nominated Secret Society big band. Darcy writes some truly exciting intricate music, that I've been a fan of for many years. Clarinetist Sam Sadigursky's group "Follow the Stick" opens, so it will be a great night of music.
The Hipstones and Dan Ori's Quartet are back in action this month, as is Sofia Rei's sextet. We play in Montreal as part of the Mundial Montreal Showcase November 20th, and then we're back in New York at Terraza 7 Thanksgiving weekend.
I'd write more, but I have a whole lot of music to work on!
Thanks for reading & listening! Go vote tomorrow!
October kicks off with the monthly jam session at Flushing Town Hall. I'll be leading the house band along with Broc Hempel on piano, Peter Brendler on bass and Christian Coleman on drums, and we'll be paying tribute to the great trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler, who we sadly lost last month. On Oct. 2, I'll be joining the great bassist/composer Daniel Ori for an evening at Bar Next Door. Kenneth Salters plays drums, and rumor has it, Uri Gurvich will be dropping by and playing some sax as well! Dan writes some seriously beautiful and grooving music.
Both of the big bands I play in regularly are in action this month! October 14, the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble appears at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, celebrating the release of our CD "Not Dark Yet" on BJU records. I could try to describe the music (Thad Jones meets Meshuggah?), but better yet, check out this video preview of the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIZwjm6yR80
I'm still eagerly awaiting the release of the upcoming Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band record, but in the meantime, we'll be playing October 16 at Zinc Bar.
Other than that, just rabidly cheering on my Seattle Seahawks, enjoying hanging out with all my awesome trumpet and piano students, and enjoying fall in New York while it lasts... Hope everyone out there is having a great fall, and I hope to see you face to face soon!
Thanks for reading & listening!
I'm recently returned from a fantastic month of vacation and teaching in the Pacific Northwest. It was a great month, filled with beautiful places, people and food!
I'm feeling fully recharged, and ready for September in New York!
One of my favorite venues for live music in my home borough of Queens is Terraza 7 Cafe in Jackson Heights. I've been playing there for years with a few different bands, but this month I'll bring my group Pannonia there for the first time. For those who haven't been to Terraza, it's a unique spot... The band plays up on a suspended platform on the 2nd floor, so the whole bar can see and hear the music. It's a great, down to earth place to hear live music and have a drink. Oh, and if you need extra motivation, my favorite taco truck in the city is right outside. Very easy to get to... just take the 7 train to 82nd street, Terraza is a block away. I'll be there a lot this month! Sept. 11 with guitarist Eric Kurimski's Afro-Peruvian quartet, Sept. 12 with Sofia Rei's sextet, Sept. 20 with Colombian band Grupo Rebolu and then with Pannonia on Sept. 25.
Thanks for reading and listening!
Here's hoping everyone's summer is off to a fantastic start!
As a fun year of teaching winds down, I get to throw myself into some great performances this month.
The 2x3 series is back in action again this Thursday at the beautiful Whynot jazz room in the west village. Nico Soffiato and I are excited to welcome back to the series Kristin Slipp and Dov Manski. Their recently released CD A Thousand Julys has been one of my favorite records of the year, and is a truly unique and creative take on the jazz standard tradition. After bassist Edward Perez had to miss our last 2x3 due to a last minute call from Paquito D'Rivera, we are calling in our rain check and he'll be appearing with saxophonist Michael Thomas. Whynot has been a great home for the 2x3 series these last few shows, very intimate, personal space where duos can really shine.
The Queens Jazz OverGround closes out our monthly series at Flushing Town Hall for the year on Friday the 13th. We'll be up in the beautiful, newly renovated theater for this one, and we'll be playing as a band with special guest Queensians Peter Brendler and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and we're also welcoming our friends from the Brooklyn Jazz Underground. Each band will play a set, before some inter-borough collaborating. (If purchasing tickets for this show, mention the code ART20 for a 20% discount)
Next up is a show I'm really excited about... Singer Tammy Scheffer is one of my favorite musicians around town these days - endlessly creative, a great singer and composer with many projects, all of which are making great music. She's organized a night at Shapeshifter Lab June 16 called Imaginary Folk and Unlikely Songwriting, featuring a new band of hers called Angry Little Bees, as well as Michael Sachs' Little King and my band Pannonia. For this show, Pannonia will be featuring the great Mark Feldman on violin, as well as familiar Pannonians Ryan Keberle, Ronen Itzik and Gary Wang. These are all like-minded bands that explore the fringes of jazz, folk, chamber music, and everything in between, and it promises to be a special night of music.
I have to end with some sad news. One of my greatest mentors, the composer Lee Hyla passed away this week. Lee was one of the biggest reasons I chose to attend New England Conservatory in Boston. I remember meeting him while auditioning and feeling an instant musical and personal connection. Lee went to bat for me as I tried to keep a foot in the composition and jazz worlds, and I took private composition lessons from him for 3 years, as well as his orchestration class, which was one of the best courses I ever took. Lee was an incredible composer (his violin concerto is well worth many listens...), and a unique and inspiring educator. Teaching composition can be a challenge... I remember Lee being able to sit down at the piano and play through my latest drafts and instantly find where the momentum slowed, or an element that needed to be repeated and developed. I find his voice often in my ear when working on composition with my students. Rest in peace Lee Hyla, and thank you for your music, guidance, stories and friendship during some very formative years.
As much as I love New York, I find that this city is greatly improved with the occasional departure and return, so it is with great pleasure that I pack for a trip out to one of my favorite places in the country, Eugene, Oregon. I'm extremely honored to have been asked to be the guest artist for the University of Oregon jazz department, and I'll be out there from May 4-7, working with students for a few days and then playing a concert with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and a set with my good friends Steve Owen, Toby Koenigsberg, Tyler Abbott, Ryan Biesack and Torrey Newhart. And of course gorging on Northwest weather, seafood and beer.
For any New Yorkers that made it through that first paragraph, I will be back very soon, with a slew of fun shows to look forward to. One of my favorite places in Queens is the unique and extraordinary Terraza 7 train cafe in Jackson Heights. Venture there any night of the week and you'll find a truly diverse and friendly mix of Queens residents, hanging out and enjoying the nightly bands playing overhead on a metal platform that no one can quite explain the physics of... It hasn't fallen any time I've been there, and hopefully it will remain in place, as I'll be playing there twice in May, first with Pedro Giraudo's sextet on May 14, and then again May 27 with a great quartet headed up by my good friend and guitarist extraordinaire Eric Kurimski.
The 2x3 series that I host along with guitarist Nico Soffiato has found a great new home at the Whynot jazz room in the west village. We'll be presenting the 12th concert in this series on May 22, featuring our duo, along with two first time participants in the series: Fellow Garfield H.S. and New England Conservatory alum, saxophonist Andrew Mulherker brings his duo with pianist Jason Yeager, paying tribute to composer Billy Strayhorn, and bassist Edward Perez will bring a duo with versatile vocalist Christelle Durandy. As always with this series, all three duos will be heard on their own before giving way to a set of spontaneous re-combinations of musicians, many of whom have never played together before!
The Hipstones leaders Mark and Anthea managed to dodge this winter by returning to their native Australia for the winter. While I don't begrudge them their migratory habits, I have severely missed playing with this awesome band, and could not be more excited to reunite for a show at Rockwood Stage 2 on May 15. While this isn't the official CD release, I hear the new album Wise Man is finished, and I sincerely recommend tracking down a copy, either at the show or somewhere on the interwebs... I know the single at least is out: http://www.thehipstones.com.au/ I'm biased being on it, but this is a pretty incredible album!
Sofia Rei's sextet returns to Joe's Pub May 29. Have I raved enough about this band here in the past? Maybe. It's really good.
Lastly, some student news! I am fortunate to have a really wonderful group of students and families I get to work with on a weekly basis. In addition to being fine musicians, most of them have many interests and are truly multi-talented people... Recently I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on a couple of my 8th grade trumpet students' poems, which won a New York Times haiku competition! Link here. Check out Camilo and Zoe's! In late May I'm bringing a few of my students into a professional recording studio to lay down some tunes with a pro rhythm section.
That's the news for now! Hope everyone is having a great Spring so far...
Thanks for reading and listening!
Happy spring! Hope you're all enjoying these first few nice days of the year!
Coming up next weekend, Pannonia has been invited to appear on the Parlor Series at Dupuy's landing, a beautiful space in Chelsea where we'll be playing two full sets of music in a nice intimate setting. In addition to playing music from our recent release Another Time, Another Place," we'll be premiering a couple brand new pieces...
April will culminate with the 2nd annual QJOG Spring Jazz Festival at Flushing Town Hall. I've been working with my fellow QJOG founders Mark Wade, Amanda Monaco and Brian Woodruff on this festival for many months. Last year's fest was our first big event as an organization, and we couldn't have been happier with how it went. This years' should be an equally great time! We'll be kicking off the day with student bands from all over Queens coming to perform, followed by 7 great evening bands. At 6 pm in the theater, I'll be playing as part of an all-Queens composers' collective of sorts that we've titled "Lazy Susan," due to all of our love for the many great Chinese restaurants we frequent in Queens. The band will feature pieces by all 5 band members (Sam Sadigursky, Danny Fox, Sam Trapchak, Alex Wyatt & me). This will be the first show for this group! I've also been asked to fill in as part of Peter Brendler's Quartet that night... for Peter Evans... for anyone who knows Mr. Evans' playing, that is a fairly impossible task, but I'll do my best...
We do really hope to see you there... it's a free event, but we have VIP packages that include wine, chocolate and CDs, plus the best seats in the house! Let me know if you're interested.
A few other fun shows to come this month, including my first appearance at the Jazz Standard, with Pedro Giraudo's expansions big band April 29. I'll also be joining guitarist Eric Kurimski for a couple sets at Terraza Cafe in Jackson Heights on April 24.
I've been asked to fly out to Eugene to be the guest artist for the University of Oregon's jazz program in May. Very excited to see old friends and work with the current students there (who include many former UO jazz camp students). I was so inspired, I wrote my first big band arrangement in many years, and rumor has it that some of the students there are doing arrangements of a few of my tunes... can't wait!
Hope everyone is surviving this endless and brutal winter! It's at least been productive on my end, and it's nice to emerge from the subway at 6 pm and still see light, so a well-deserved spring seems close...
As you can see from the calendar, March is loaded with shows, and it's a great mix of music that I'm excited to be a part of. Kicking off the month is the Sofia Rei sextet, playing a FREE show in my home borough of Queens, as part of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert series. This band gets better and better, and feels like being on stage with family, not to mention some truly stellar musicians.
Next Tuesday, March 4, Nico Soffiato and I kick our 2x3 series back off at a great new venue in the West Village, the Whynot jazz room. We have two phenomenal duos joining us - saxophonist Jeremy Udden & guitarist Mike Baggetta, and Sofia Rei with guitarist JC Maillard. Three of my favorite guitarists in one show, and a great example of three totally unique voices on the same instrument. As always, the 2x3 series features each duo as a stand-alone band for a short set, and at the end of the night we'll break into some spontaneous re-combinations of musicians and see what happens! Nico and I are excited to share some brand new material we've been in the studio recording for our upcoming second record.
Friday March 14 is the 2nd installment of a series I'm curating at Flushing Town Hall, the "Trumpeters of Queens," part of the Queens Jazz OverGround's series QJOG picks. The evening will be split between my band Pannonia and one of my long-time influences as both a trumpeter and composer, Ron Horton, who will be bringing a sextet. We'll have copies there of the brand new Pannonia CD, Another Time, Another Place, which just came out in February, and has been in the top 20 in jazz radio play around the country for the last couple weeks. Keep an ear out on your local radio station, and let me know if you hear it! If you don't have a copy yet, it's on Amazon & iTunes.
Other highlights this month include leading a clinic & jam session at Flushing Town Hall March 5, a show with Brian Adler's Helium Project March 7 and my first show with an octet led by Argentinian pianist/composer Emilio Teubal at Subculture. See details to the left, and on my website's calendar page, www.joshdeutsch.net/calendar.html.
The first album from my band Pannonia, Another Time, Another Place is out! I'm thrilled to announce the fruition of years of work towards this, and I'm very proud of this record we made! It's already gotten some fantastic reviews, and is starting to get some airplay on radio stations across the country already, so tune in to your local jazz station and you may just hear us there! Or if you want to go with a more surefire way to hear the music, it's purchasable on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. And once you get it and listen to it, I'd love if you would post a comment on either Amazon or iTunes (or both)... That's actually extremely helpful, and much appreciated!
Again, thank you so much to all the folks who chipped in on the Kickstarter campaign to help me get this project out into the world! Hopefully you've all received your CDs... let me know if you didn't for some reason!
I would normally just post a sentence or two of a review, but this review from Downbeat's Frank Alkyer, who included Another Time, Another Place as an editor's pick for January, is so great, I thought I'd share the whole thing... (link to downbeat here) "You’ve got to love an album of “traditional folk music from an imaginary place,” which is what Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia delivers on Another Time, Another Place. This well-planned, beautifully executed program draws on influences from practically everywhere. Deutsch seems to be obsessive on details, and he’s hell-bent on making music that’s just a little (or perhaps a lot) different than what you’ve heard before. Deutsch has written a set of 10 songs that seem to serve as the soundtrack to a movie script yet to be written. And he starts with excellent source material. Prior to recording the album, Deutsch had gone back and reread one of his favorite books, Tom Robbins’ 1984 novel Jitterbug Perfume. Five of the tunes on this recording were inspired by the book, including the driving “Bingo’s Bees” and the intensely beautiful “K23.” In creating this world, Deutsch shows incredible humor, too, especially on “Serious Beets,” a tune he calls the Pannonian drinking song. The song is a hoot, with bassist Gary Wang bowing as if he were stumbling down a Pannonian boulevard. Of the other five tunes, two are part of what Deutsch calls an “unusual modes of transportation suite.” “Dirigible” and “Funicular” are both terrific. The other three tunes provide great opportunities for the band to stretch out. My favorite of these is “Kék Szín,” which is Hungarian for “blues.” It’s a great, toe-tapping wonder of Eastern European soul that highlights this fascinating band—Deutsch on trumpet, Zach Brock on violin, Brian Drye on trombone, Wang on bass and Ronen Itzik playing ridiculously fine percussion. Even here, Deutsch and company prove to be fantastic storytellers. The solos are superb, and Deutsch makes great use of off-mic instruments soloing, almost as if to offer the audience a stage whisper about what’s happening in the studio. Odd meters, unusual instrumentation, deep compositions, a clearly drawn fantasy world: That’s Pannonia. That’s Josh Deutsch. If you want to see this band live, check out their CD release gig on Feb. 11 at Korzo in Brooklyn."
- Frank Alkyer, Downbeat
And as mentioned in the review, we celebrate the CD release with our first show of 2014, February 11 at Korzo in South Slope, Brooklyn as part of James Carney's fantastic Konceptions Music Series. I can think of no place that better matches the vibe (and the love of beets - their website is beetketchup.com) to present our music. We play at 9 (get there early if you want a table to better enjoy some of the best music venue food and beer around), followed by another great band at 10:30 led by Joel Harrison, and featuring Chris Cheek, Jacob Sacks and my good friends Michael Bates and Jordan Perlson. It promises to be a great night all around! And as added incentive, I'll offer CDs at a one time pay what you want price for anyone who attends the show and pays the cover ($10).
A couple of fun sideman gigs to report this month as well, Feb. 7 with the very talented bassist and composer Daniel Ori at a new venue in the West Village, and then venturing back to my college town to play with Sofia Rei at Berklee Performance Center Feb. 19.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you in the real world soon!
Happy new year to all!
Hope your 2014s are off to a rollicking good start...
Before looking forward to January happenings, I just wanted to share with you all some highlights of this last year, since it's been a great one!
2013 included many great performances, on both coasts, with all three of my current musical projects, as well as with some of the great bands I get to be a sideman in...
I played for the first time at some great venues this year, including the Blue Note, Dizzy's, the Iridium and Lincoln Center Atrium in New York.
I travelled to Panama and New Mexico with Sofia Rei's sextet, playing the music from the Independent Music Award winning album De Tierra y Oro.
The Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective of which I am one of four founding members, put on two festivals in our home borough featuring all Queens-based bandleaders, and we started an ongoing partnership with the historic Flushing Town Hall, a truly incredible performance venue. Both festivals far exceeded our expectations, and are going to be repeated in 2014, along with more Queens based jazz events. Our goal of making Queens a destination for live music is quickly becoming more of a reality!
I was part of a number of recording projects in 2013, which will be released in the coming year. Pedro Giraudo recorded the first record with his Expansions Big Band, and Nathan Parker Smith's Large Ensemble also went into the studio, as did The Hipstones.
Nico Soffiato and I have started recording our 2nd duo album, and my band Pannonia's new record, Another Time, Another Place will officially be released in February (though hopefully many of you have received your advance copies if you contributed to the successful Kickstarter campaign - thank you so much to everyone who kicked in and helped me get the record out!).
I've really enjoyed life as an educator as well this year... I've been working with many of my private students for several years now, and it's incredibly gratifying to see their continued improvement and enthusiasm for music. Last summer was another fantastic year at the University of Oregon summer jazz camp, and I'm looking forward to returning there this August as well. I also started teaching this past fall at the Queens College Center for Preperatory Studies in Music, and have really been enjoying working with some great fellow faculty members and students there.
So, on to 2014!
I rang in the new year playing a New Years' Eve party with Emily Asher's Garden Party, which was a great way to start 2014. Brian Adler's Helium Project (great new CD also out now...) plays the Queens Kickshaw this Friday January 3rd. I'm joining Alon Nechushtan's band Talat for klezmer brunch at City Winery this Sunday, January 5. Pedro Giraudo's band plays Zinc Bar Jan. 13 as part of the 2nd annual South American Music Festival, which was a blast last year. Nico & I will be playing some of our brand new material at Goodbye Blue Monday January 18... and mark your calendars for February 11, which will be the official Pannonia CD release show at Korzo in Brooklyn!
Happy winter everyone... Much to be thankful for on my end. Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who chipped in to the kickstarter campaign. We successfully hit our goal of $4000, and the record, Another Time, Another Place is currently in production! This last month has also been full of performance highlights, including two sold out sets at Dizzy's Club with the Queens Jazz OverGround, and a fantastic celebration of Queens trumpeters at Flushing Town Hall.
Some great shows coming up in December, for those around New York over the holidays: I'll be back at Lincoln Center, this time in the Atrium with Sofia Rei the day after Christmas. Also the first show since recording Pedro Giraudo's upcoming Expansions Big Band album Dec. 19 at Zinc Bar.
Happy holidays to everyone!
October brings lots of great music, a new Kickstarter campaign, and one of my favorite times of year!
Firstly, the Kickstarter campaign...
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I know you all get bombarded with these, so I humbly submit one more Kickstarter project for your consideration... If you haven't yet heard my project Pannonia, I'm sure you've heard me talk about it here in the newsletter... We have the CD recorded, mixed and mastered, which shockingly is the easy part (and I'm really happy with the record... can't wait for you all to hear it!). The next steps are where I have to ask for some help from my friends & fans... These days, doing the promotion and publicity for a CD falls onto the artists shoulders, and having tried to do those things as a musician, there's a real limit to how much reach the album has. For this release, I'm working with Mitchell Feldman on a publicity campaign to get the CD played on the radio all over the country, and generate some reviews and other press. I've also collaborated with my good friend and incredible "expeditionary artist" Maria Coryell-Martin on some amazing art for the cover. The kickstarter campaign will help me cover manufacturing costs, as well as the publicity campaign, graphic layout and all the other unending expenses of a record. The CD is officially coming out in February, but backing the kickstarter campaign will get you an advance copy by December (Pannonia CDs make great gifts...).
On to the shows for this month! All listed on the Calendar page w/ more details
Lots of playing coming up with the great Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band! We're playing back to back nights at the Jazz Gallery Oct. 10 & 11, before heading into the recording studio for two days. Pedro also has a kickstarter running, so if you feel like backing TWO projects, it's a very worthy cause!
The Queens Jazz OverGround (of which I am a part) presents our second jazz festival of the year, this one at Astoria's own new brewpub, Singlecut. This place takes me back to the Northwest, with great beers, fun relaxed atmosphere and really nice people. The fest will be Friday October 18 (7-11 pm) and Saturday October 19 (3:30 - 9 pm). My quintet plays Saturday at 6:30 but I'll be hanging out there for the whole thing... $10 gets you in the door & your first beer, so it's a damn good deal. In between sets, Singlecut will be giving brewery tours. Full lineup here: http://www.queensjazz.org/
Other shows include a free concert at the Brooklyn Museum with Sofia Rei Oct. 5, and my second time playing with the great Brazilian singer Veronica Nunez at Fat Cat Oct. 22.
Thanks for reading & listening (and checking out the Kickstarter campaign), and I'll see you soon!
Recently returned from a truly magical week in Panama, performing with the Sofia Rei Sextet. In addition to a great show and masterclass there, I met a ton of wonderful people and musicians down there. Hope to make it back down there sooner than later!
Looking forward to a few exciting shows this September... Hosting two jam sessions this month. I'll be leading the house band at Brian Woodruff's weekly Astoria Jam Session at Blackbirds Sept. 1, and then Sept. 11 I'll be part of a host band at Flushing Town Hall featuring the great Don Byron! My group Pannonia plays the Queens Kickshaw Sept. 6, the Hipstones play Rockwood Stage II Sept. 7, and the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble plays the Tea Lounge Sept. 9 as we gear up to record later in the month. September 21 I head out for a quick trip to Albuquerque with Sofia Rei for a performance at the Globalbuquerque festival, and Sept. 25 I'm back in Queens at Terraza with Brian Adler's Helium Project.
Hope to see you!
Just returned from an incredible few weeks out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Thanks to all who came out to the shows in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, and helped make all of them such fun nights of music!
I've had a nice two days of rest and re-settling, but now August kicks into gear with a whole lot of fun shows. The Sofia Rei sextet plays two big shows this month, first here in New York at the Lincoln Center Atrium, and then later in the month, we head down to Panama, where we'll be part of the Panama World Music Festival. Sofia's latest record "De Tierra y Oro", featuring this same group, has been getting some incredible recognition, including world music record of the year from the Independent Music Awards.
Here's a great video of the group at the CD Release concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1azk7KEEqg
My other favorite Argentinian musician, Pedro Giraudo, leads his Expansions Big Band twice this month, at Birdland and Zinc Bar. I feel very fortunate to be part of this absurd trumpet section, including my long time trumpet brother Tatum Greenblatt, and trumpet rockstars Jonathan Powell & Miki Hirose. It's some of the most challenging (to play) and exciting (to hear) music around.
Nico Soffiato and I are back in action this month as well - scaling down our 2x3 to a 2x2, and welcoming Wes Matthews & Giacomo Merega as the second duo. We'll play a short set each, and then collaborate for what should be a particularly fun spontaneous quartet set. Nico and I are workshopping some brand new tunes gearing up for a second record in the not too distant future, so we'll likely be debuting a couple pieces hot of the press.
Happy 4th of July!
I'm happy to report lots of fun happenings on both coasts coming up in July.
For those of you on the West Coast, who patiently read all about all the New York shows, this one's for you!
I've been having a lot of fun writing some new tunes for my jazz quintet (video of one of the brand new ones, "Hitchen's Razor" here). I'm very lucky to have configurations of this band in multiple cities. This coming tour will feature the Seattle and Oregon bands, with some great friends and musicians I'm always happy to reconnect with, and some new faces. Seattle comes first, with a show at the Royal Room on July 16, which has quickly become my favorite Seattle venue. (I'll also be there the night before co-hosting a Garfield High School jam session with current students and other alums). The Seattle quintet will feature a stellar rhythm section of Dawn Clement, Evan Flory-Barnes & D'Vonne Lewis, as well as a first time addition to this project, the esteemed Hans Teuber on saxophone.
Next I'll be heading down to Eugene, where my Oregon quintet adds Eugenians Joe Manis and Torrey Newhart, and plays Saturday July 20 on the Broadway Avenue House Concert Series, hosted by my good friends Peggy and Paul Bodin. I get to follow that up with a week of teaching at the University of Oregon's Summer Jazz Camp, which is always a highlight of the year. At the end of that week, Steve Owen leads a group made up of camp faculty at the Jazz Station, also in Eugene.
Before heading back East, I swing through Portland, for a show at Ivories Jazz Lounge Tuesday July 30, with an all Portland all-star band featuring Tim Willcox, Greg Goebel, Andrea Niemiec & Jason Palmer.
Hope to see all you West Coasters at a show! In between shows I plan to put a serious dent in the Pacific salmon population, so if anyone wants to go eat some seafood, let me know!
But I'm getting ahead of myself... there's also a fun string of gigs coming up right here in NYC before I head west.
Friday the 5th with the always soulful Hipstones, Saturday the 6th I play with the Pedro Giraudo Sextet at Barbes, and Wednesday the 10th marks the first monthly Flushing Town Hall Jam Session hosted by members of the Queens Jazz OverGround.
Keep cool out there, and hope to see you soon!
After a great show with the Hipstones at the Iridium last night, I get to play the Blue Note for the first time, with the great Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band. Pretty fun to be on these stages, especially with such great projects! $30 gets you a ticket, brunch & a drink, sets at 12:30 & 2:30, and some of the best writing for large jazz ensemble you'll hear anywhere, I promise!
The 2x3 Series is back in action Tuesday June 4, at Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights, this round featuring Landon Knoblock (synth) / Matt Mitchell (laptop), Jake Henry (trumpet) / Andrew Smiley (guitar), and as always, Nico Soffiato & me. Really looking forward to the collaboration portion of this one, with the added possibilities of sampling... should be fun!
Sunday June 9 I'll be joining my good friends and fellow Queens musicians Christian Coleman, Sam Trapchak & Broc Hempel. They play every week at Dominie's in Astoria, and were kind enough to ask me to join them for this one and bring a bunch of my music. Special guests may also be appearing from around the neighborhood...
And adding to the string of great venues I'm getting to play at, I'll be joining the band WYATT at the BAM Cafe June 8. I really like their sound, and this will be the first time they're adding a horn section...
WYATT is also part of a triple bill at the LIC Bar Sunday June 23. It's a beautiful outdoor concert space, and the music will be a really cool mix that day... the East / West Quintet (everyone's favorite 6 person Quintet) kicks off at 3, followed by the Josh Deutsch Quintet at 4 (with some brand new tunes I'm excited to debut for this), and WYATT at 5.
Gigs in Seattle, Portland & Eugene confirmed in July, so head on over to the Calendar page & check out the details!
Spring has finally landed in New York! As if you need an excuse to be out and about, here are a bunch of upcoming performances this month! For those on the West Coast, I'll be headed back to Washington & Oregon in July, and am in the process of putting together some shows out there, so stay tuned!
At the end of the month, Saturday April 27 to be precise, the Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival is happening at Flushing Town Hall. This is the culmination of many months of work by me and my fellow QJOG members. It's going to be an incredible day of music, and thanks to support from the Queens Council on the Arts and M&T Bank, it's 100% free to the public! My band Pannonia will perform at 7 pm, in addition to 6 other great bands, workshops and masterclasses, and performances by some local middle and high school ensembles. The event runs from noon-10:30, with the evening performances starting at 6. If anyone is interested in volunteering at the event, drop me a line...
Plenty of shows coming up before then as well - Brian Adler's Helium Project plays at Queens Kickshaw this Friday, April 5, fresh off a recording session last week. The band is sounding great, and Brian has done a great job of bringing together influences from South America and India into a cohesive and unique set of music.
I'm also really excited to be part of a great double bill April 24 at the Brooklyn Launchpad. I'll lead a quintet, with fellow Seattle transplant and Hipstones member Dylan Heaney on sax, Danny Fox on keys, Peter Brendler on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Alex leads his sextet as the other half of the show. I've heard his band a few times now, and it's some really great original music!
Lots of great stuff happening this February...
I'll be mixing the upcoming Pannonia CD this month with Mike Perez-Cisneros, who also mixed Time Gels. One step at a time, this record project is moving towards completion... updates will of course be forthcoming.
Speaking of recording projects, The Hipstones are headed into the studio in the next couple months to record a new record. The new songs have been sounding great live, and I'm excited to be part of the new CD! If you have a moment to check it out, they're crowdfunding this record and can use help. Find out how here (http://www.thehipstones.com.au/) .
Also in the fundraising process, the Queens OverGround is putting on a jazz festival right here in Queens this April. Who knew, apparently putting on a festival is expensive, especially since we're trying to make it a completely free event for the public! Read more about the organization here (http://www.queensjazz.org) . If you're in NYC, you can support us by coming to our midwinter Jazz Party Feb. 11 (see calendar for details). If you're out of town and want to contribute, there's a link on the QJOG website where you can make a tax-deductible donation.
Thanks for reading, and for your continued support!
This January is one of those rare times when many of the projects I'm involved in all hit at the same time! If you've read recent installments of my newsletter, you've heard me rave about the music of Sofia Rei & Pedro Giraudo. Both are back in action this month - Sofia's band will be playing as part of an APAP showcase concert at the Zinc Bar, featuring 4 great bands. Pedro's band plays at the new Jazz Gallery space. If you haven't heard either of these musicians' work yet, go check them out online, and then come hear us live!
Nico Soffiato and I have been curating a duo series called 2x3 for a few months now, and we're excited for this coming installment, at a new venue for us, the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. Joining us will be two more great duos - Aaron Shragge is a trumpet and shakuhachi player I befriended many years ago at the Banff Jazz Workshop, and he brings a duo with the great guitarist Ben Monder. Rounding out the evening will be two fantastic musicians, Dan Blake on saxophone and Leo Genovese on piano, who luckily aren't on the road with Esperanza Spaulding at the moment, which means they can come play with us! Rumor has it, they may have copies of their new CD there too... As always with this series, each duo will perform a short set on the first half of the evening, followed by some inter-duo collaborations on the second half. Really looking forward to this one!
The Hipstones & Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble are also back in action this month. Anthea & Mark (of the Hipstones) have been writing some really beautiful new music, and the band is sounding great! And Nathan's band is a seriously good time - think big band meets math metal. Or something like that - it's hard, loud and fun, and the band is full of great players.
Two great shows added for this coming weekend. This Saturday, Nico and I will appear as one of 4 duos in a new series, "Douglass Duos", curated by Jorge Roeder. We're excited to appear with some great musicians, including Julian Lage, Sofia Rei, Shai Maestro, Camila Meza and, of course, the great Jorge Roeder.
Then on Monday, I'll be playing with a great all-Queens based band led by bassist Bob Gingery, also featuring Mike Baggetta & Alex Wyatt. We'll be at the LIC Bar from 8-9.
I'm happy to report that last month's Italy tour with guitarist Nico Soffiato was a great success! In addition to 4 shows and a clinic with the duo, we also added some fantastic Italian musicians for one quartet and one trio show. All the concerts were extremely well received, and the musicians were extremely well fed.
And now, back to December in New York...
Tonight we celebrate the release of Sofia Rei's fantastic new CD "De Tierra y Oro" (Of Earth and Gold).
Also this month, a couple more shows I'm really looking forward to. Dec. 17, the Queens Jazz OverGround gets together with our Brooklyn brethren, the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, for a one day jazz fest at the Shapeshifter Lab, a great new Brooklyn venue. Then, my band Pannonia is back at the Queens Kickshaw, fresh off of our studio recording, it will be fun to play live again.
Hope to see you at one of the shows if you're in New York, and if not, have a fantastic holiday season!
Nico Soffiate and I are excited to bring our duo project back to the Northeast of Italy, where we'll perform in the Padova Jazz Festival, as well as 7 other concerts and clinics, including shows in and around Venice, Padova and Treviso.
Before I leave for Italy, I'm really looking forward to playing a show with one of my favorite musicians in New York, Pedro Giraudo. I've heard his bands many times, subbed a few rehearsals, and am honored to be part of this upcoming show with his Expansions Big Band at the Zinc Bar. When people ask me what's happening that really excites me musically in New York these days, Pedro is one of the first names I'll mention - incredibly intricate writing that draws from his Argentinian roots, featuring some of the catchiest melodies, richest orchestration and most driving rhythms of any large ensemble out there right now.
Also, the Hipstones are back in action this month, with a midnight show at Rockwood Music Hall. There's a rumor that we may be hitting the studio pretty soon too...
Speaking of recording, I spent a day in the studio with Pannonia on Oct. 4, and am happy to report that the rough mixes sound fantastic! Stay tuned for more news, but I expect the album will be happening in 2013.
And for those who are in the mood for some new music right now, I'm proud to be on a new CD just released by the fantastic singer/composer Sofia Rei, "De Tierra y Oro". I just heard the finished version of the album last night, and it is some seriously beautiful music. It's available online now, and hard copies will be available first at the CD release party Dec. 1 at Drom in NYC.
Thanks for reading, listening and supporting!
Just finished up a great recording session with Pannonia at Tedesco Studios in NJ. Thrilled with what we laid down... stay tuned, I'm hoping to have the album done by summer 2013, but will probably leak some tracks on here as they get mixed...
Lots of new gigs added to the Calendar, including a duo gig on the FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music) 10th Anniversary Schedule. Pannonia gets back in action in early October, as we gear up to go into the studio... Handfull of gigs right here in Queens, where the music scene is alive and kicking!
Getting geared up for another trip out west... looking forward to teaching at the University of Oregon Jazz Camp in Eugene, followed by shows in Eugene and Seattle, with a new configuration of my quintet. Both with feature a frontline of myself and trombonist Dave Glenn, as well as some of the northwest's finest rhythm section players. We'll pay tribute to the late great trombonist/composer Bob Brookmeyer, and unveil some new pieces of mine.
Many updates to the website! Check out the new Duo and Pannonia pages, as well as my updated Teaching page. Also, check out this new organization I'm proud to be a part of, the Queens Jazz Overground - a collective of some great Queens-based jazz musicians. We just had a fantastic launch party last week - stay tuned for more about this.
May is full of exciting shows... Nico Soffiato and I kick off a new series we're curating, called "2 x 3", where we'll invite two other duos to join us for mini-sets & inter-duo collaborations. Our first two happen this month (May 4 @ The Launchpad, and May 12 @ IBeam)
Pannonia will be appearing at the Cornelia St. Cafe Wednesday, May 16. The band is sounding great, and this will be a great venue for it! More shows & details on the Calendar page...
Getting geared up for a trip to the Pacific Northwest, with fun shows coming up in Seattle (Tues Apr 17 @ The Royal Room) & Portland (Thurs Apr 12 @ Ivories).
Nice write-up about the Seattle show in The Stranger - we're one of the picks of the month! (Nice to be listed right underneath McCoy Tyner)
Pannonia will be playing in Brooklyn (March 5) and Queens (April 27), and the Josh Deutsch / Nico Soffiato Duo kicks off a new series featuring collaborations with other duo projects in May.
In April, I'll be headed back to the Northwest, with shows in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, playing with some of my favorite West Coast musicians. Check the calendar page for all the details...
Recectly returned from a very successful CD release tour on the West Coast, with the Josh Deutsch / Nico Soffiato Duo. The CD is available now from CDBaby, and will be up on iTunes shortly...
April and May are full of exciting events!
Coming up April 27th, I'm rolling out a new set of music for my new band "Pannonia" with trumpet, violin, trombone, bass & percussion. Then in May, I'll be heading out West with Nico Soffiato for a West Coast CD release tour! Our new album, TIME GELS, has been mastered, and is in the production process, and will be available online and in person at our shows in Seattle, Eugene, Mt. Shasta and Oakland. Check the Calendar page for details...
Thanks to an outpouring of support from friends, family and fans, the Josh Deutsch / Nico Soffiato Duo reached our fundraising goal on Rockethub, and are on the verge of recording our first album! We head into the studio between Dec. 10 - 13, and are shooting to have the album mixed and pressed by early spring 2011! Thanks to all who contributed and helped get this project off the ground!
1 week to go in the Josh Deutsch / Nico Soffiato Rockethub CD campaign... Thanks to all who've supported us so far! We're 70% of the way to our goal at this point. Find out how to contribute HERE.
Coming up next week are a couple fun shows, one with the PanAmericana Big Band at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope, and one with a new incarnation of my quintet at the University of the Streets in the East Village. Check the Calendar page for details...
I'm featured in the October All About Jazz New York! It's in the "Listen Up" Section of the October issue. PDF version available here.
Nico Soffiato & I have launced a project on ROCKETHUB, which is a "crowdfunding" website, where we're working towards a new record with the support of our friends and fans. Check out the introductory video on the page, and please consider supporting our project! We're offering all sorts of fun gifts if you do...
Lots of shows coming up, including 2 duo shows in late September and early October, & two quintet shows in October, including once on the fall FONT festival. Check the calendar page for details...
Back in NYC after a great couple weeks out West, teaching at the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp & playing a couple gigs in Seattle & Oregon. On deck - a quintet show @ iBeam in October on the FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music) Fall series, and a recording project with the Nico Soffiato / Josh Deutsch Duo. Lots of brand new music appearing in both projects!
I'm headed to the Middle East next week as part of the Duke Ellington Big Band under the direction of Victor Goines and Mercedes Ellington. We visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi and El Ain, performing concerts and clinics in all 3 cities!
Soon after I get back to NYC, the Nico Soffiato/Josh Deutsch duo kicks into high gear, with 3 shows coming up in June - Check the calendar page for details.
I'm featured in February's issue of Earshot - Seattle's jazz magazine. Check out the article here .