Thanks for stopping by - Check the Calendar page for the most recent added shows.
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. 18 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 .