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Hope everyone is having a great spring! (you know, on an individual level, as the world falls apart around us)
It's been a whirlwind these last couple months, getting to travel with the wonderful Lila Downs band. After three shows in the Northwest in April, we were in Southern California and Miami during April, and with her new album coming out in May, there are many more shows coming up, including summer shows on the Celebrate Brooklyn series in New York, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
For May, I'll be around New York, playing plenty of great music with some of my favorite musical collaborators... Regular engagements include the Terraza Big Band May 4 and the Livio Almeida Brazilian Dectet May 6. Later in the month, Niki Pankovits' stellar project is back in action May 19, and I'll be joining bassist/composer Matt Snow at Domaine Wine Bar May 27.
Monday May 8, my new collective quartet project is back at Terraza for the third time, but with a brand new set of music. This band includes a group of very like-minded and exciting musicians, and we always have a blast playing each others' music. The quartet features Kevin Harris on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Juan Felipe Mayorga on drums.
I'm continuing to work on mixing the upcoming Pannonia record, though time has been scarce, so there's no release date set yet, but it's sounding great, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all, probably this upcoming fall/winter. Stay tuned, and I'll keep you posted on progress.
Also, thanks for all who came to this years' Queens Jazz OverGround Festival. It was the 5th year we've put this festival on, and both the educational and performance side of things ran very smoothly and featured a lot of great music and happy people, which is what it's all about!
As always, thanks for reading and listening!
Getting to this month's newsletter a little late... It's been a jam packed few weeks!
Wonderful to see many familiar faces out in Seattle area and Portland for the Lila Downs tour. It's a pleasure to play with that group, and there's more coming this month, with shows in San Diego, Northridge and Costa Mesa. New York and Chicago friends, mark your calendars... I'll be playing with Lila at Celebrate Brooklyn June 29 and Ravinia July 1!
Coming up tomorrow, my new collective quartet (with Kevin Harris, Carlo De Rosa and Juan Felipe Mayorga) will be back at Terraza 7. This time we'll start at a more reasonable hour (8:30) and play a full two sets of originals by all of us, plus arrangements of Monk and Stevie Wonder tunes.
At the end of this month, the Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival returns to Flushing Town Hall! This year's fest is on a Sunday, April 30, and features a great lineup of Queens based bandleaders, plus local schools and educational programs will be bringing big bands and combos early in the day. While I won't be bringing one of my projects this year, I will be playing trumpet with Brian Woodruff's Sextet, and I'll be doing clinics with student bands during the day.
Full schedule and more info at www.queensjazz.org
That's it for now!
As always, thanks for reading and listening!
Happy new year!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and are ringing in 2017 in good spirits and health.
Before I talk about upcoming shows and events in January, I wanted to do a quick reflection back on this past year, which was full of musical highlights. Just for variety, let's go with bullet point format!
Pannonia had our busiest year yet, with highlights including a tour of the West Coast, a show at Joe's Pub in New York, and recording our second album, which will be out sometime next year!
I joined the band of Grammy winning singer / composer Lila Downs, and got to travel with her band to Canada, Los Angeles, Texas and New Mexico.
I recorded on new albums by Niki Pankovits (released in Sept. 2016) and Juancho Herrera (coming 2017), both of which are fantastic musical statements that I'm honored to be a part of.
Performances with 20 different bands, including regular gigs with the Terraza Big Band, Livio Almeida Brazilian dectet and tours with Grupo Rebolu and the Sofia Rei sextet.
A great year of teaching, including the Queens College CPSM jazz program, University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp, masterclasses at the University of Oregon, Willamette University and PCC Rock Creek, and my many wonderful private students, who have all had a fantastic year of musical growth, and provide constant inspiration and gratification to work with.
Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of my music over this year. It truly makes the work feel meaningful and worthwhile. Much more to come in 2017, starting right away in January!
One of my favorite jam sessions in New York is at the Soda Bar in Prospect Heights. Leaders Perry Smith and Matt Aronoff have created a super friendly scene there, with a high level of musicians coming through and a friendly, non-vibey hang. I'm really looking forward to joining Perry and Matt for the house set Wednesday, January 25, along with drummer Rob Garcia. We'll be playing some of my originals and a few choice standards at 9:30 to kick off the session, which starts after our set. Come play and hang if you're in New York!
Also coming up in January, performances with the Terraza Big Band, Juancho Herrera, Grupo Rebolu, and a couple new musical projects for me, Jihee Heo's band and a new big band led by trumpeter John Lake, along with Steve Kortyka, Mike Sailors and Danny Jonokuchi.
As always, thanks for reading and listening!
Ok, music things first... As insane as the world is these days, music remains a wonderful refuge, and there's a lot of it happening in my corner of the planet this December...
I'm very happy to share the news that Pannonia will be recording our second album this month. The upcoming record includes a set of three pieces featuring stories written by author, bassist and Rennaissance man Chris Tarry. On the record, I'm very excited to have recruited three of my very favorite vocalists to join us in bringing these tales to life... Sofia Rei, Nikolett Pankovits and Heather Masse will each be narrating and singing a movement of "The Road to Pannonia". We'll be sharing these pieces live, plus the other new music we're recording, at one of my favorite spots to play and hear music in New York, the Konceptions Music Series at Korzo Restaurant in Brooklyn, curated by James Carney. It's one of the few places that are equally worth going to for the food and music (they have a stellar Hungarian menu). We play at 9 pm, and if you can make it, stick around for an incredible trio afterwards at 10:30, with my friends Kevin Harris (piano) and Luques Curtis (bass), along with the great Rudy Royston on drums... Pannonia features Zach Brock on violin, Ryan Keberle on trombone, Gary Wang on bass and Ronen Itzik on percussion, along with Sofia and Niki joining us for the narrated pieces.
Also coming up right at the start of this month, Nico Soffiato and I are back in action for the first time in a year! We've both been busy with various other projects, but are excited to bring back our 10 year musical collaboration... In rehearsing for this gig on Friday, it was amazing how fast the music came back after such a long hiatus...
The Terraza Big Band plays two full sets of music tomorrow night in our last show of 2016... And I'm happy to re-join my favorite Colombian band, Grupo Rebolu, who plays at Terraza on the 17th, and also as part of the Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival Dec. 3, featuring an awesome lineup including Gregorio Uribe, Sebastian Cruz, and many more.
It's been a rough month for all I've spoken to, and there's no doubt these next few years are going to be some of the most challenging of our lives... However, I've been inspired by the intelligence, humanity and compassion of those in my community, here in New York, and spread throughout the world. I'm committed to fighting for the parts of America that I think are important and great, as a citizen, as a community member, as a teacher, as a musician and as a friend and family member. Love to all of you and thank you for being a part of my life and inspiring me. I look forward to conversations, activism and keeping this world moving forward in our own little ways, even if the government is trying to pull us backwards.
Happy November everyone... Hope you're all voting with your brains and conscience next Tuesday...
I'm just back from touring the Northwest with my band Pannonia, which was incredibly fun and gratifying. Welcome to those of you receiving this newsletter for the first time who were at one of our shows or clinics! We had a fantastic time in Eugene, Portland, Salem and Seattle, and hope to come back and see you all soon! It was such a pleasure to play music, travel, eat and hang with this wonderful crew of musicians pictured above - Gary Wang, Ryan Keberle, Ronen Itzik and Erika Kapin.
For those of you in or around New York, Pannonia will be back at one of our favorite venues next month, the Konceptions Series at Korzo. That will be our last show before heading into the recording studio to record album number two, including our brand new narrated pieces, "The Road to Pannonia".
As for November, I'm happy to say it looks blissfully slow at the moment, which is good timing, given the insanity of the last few months! Looking forward to rejoining some regular engagements with the Terraza Big Band and Livio Almeida's Brazilian Dectet, after having to miss shows with each the last couple months.
If anyone needs me, I'll be re-acquainting with my sweater drawer, making stews and making up missed trumpet and piano lessons!
Thanks for reading and listening!
Greetings friends, fans & music lovers,
Happy to distract you from the awful current news cycle with a mid-month edition of my monthly newsletter.
Big news this month, as my band Pannonia heads out to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time! After an incredible show last month at Joe's Pub, the band is reaching new heights, and we're working towards our next recording, which is scheduled for December. Here's a video from that show, a song we've yet to record called "Days Shortening", which is about Autumn in the imaginary land of Pannonia. Great video work from our friends at Strange Dream Films... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7C7LGsYofM
On to the West Coast tour details! I'm so excited to bring this New York based crew of awesome musicians and people out to meet and play for all my Seattle and Oregon friends... Meet the band! Ryan Keberle - Also originally hailing from Washington State, Ryan is one of the finest trombone players around these days, and in addition to leading his band own band Catharsis, has played with Maria Schneider, the Saturday Night Live band, Sufjan Stevens, Pedro Giraudo, Darcy James Argue, and that's just the tip of the iceberg... Erika Kapin, another ex-Seattleite, will be joining us for this tour on violin, stepping in for Zach Brock. Erika is a multi-talented musician and photographer who brings a whole lot to this group and we're stoked to have her on board! Gary Wang is all over the New York music scene, and is one of my favorite bassists, both a lyrical soloist and a deeply grooving anchor for the band. Ronen Itzik is Pannonia's percussionist, though these days, I'm having to fight with Lee Konitz for his services, which is usually a losing battle. Luckily he's free for this tour!
We start the tour in my old grad school stomping grounds of Eugene, Oregon. We'll play two nights at the Jazz Station, with some fun opening acts both nights. Wednesday Oct. 26 we'll have the Delgani String Quartet, one of Eugene's premiere chamber ensembles kicking off the night. Thursday Oct. 27, the Track Town Trombones will play a few pieces. We'll also be hanging out at the University of Oregon that Thursday, working with students from the jazz and recording programs.
Friday and Saturday, we venture northward, with stops at PCC Rock Creek in Portland, and Willamette University in Salem.
We finish up the tour with a performance at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. It worked out schedule-wise to do a double bill with Sofia Rei's Trio, which will make for a pretty amazing night of music... I'm a regular in Sofia's sextet (if you've been reading these emails, she should be a familiar name!), and for the first time I am recruiting her to join Pannonia for our set. We'll be premiering the full three movements of my new piece "The Road to Pannonia," which features narration of original stories written by award winning author Chris Tarry and artwork by Kendall Eddy. That's right, if you come to this show, you will be the first ever people to hear this work, which has been years in the making, in its full form!
Sofia's trio includes two incredible musicians, Jorge Roeder on bass and Tupac Mantilla on percussion. These are some of the most musical humans I know... Here are some videos featuring these guys that you should maybe take a second to watch... Jorge w/ SofiaTupac & Jorge w/ Julian LageTupac Solo kitchen percussion
I'll be joining the trio for a few tunes as well for the Earshot double bill!
In a personal note, putting together a cross country tour like this is a fairly monumental task, but it will all be worth it to share this music with all of you. Any help you are able to give in spreading the word is very much appreciated! Tell your friends, tell your grannies, hell, tell your enemies! And most of all, please bring yourself and your loved ones!
Thanks for reading and listening, and I hope to see you on the Left Coast!
Fall is here! As much as it's hard to say goodbye to summer, I could not be more excited for all the music in store for this fall. I love the balance between being a sideman, helping bring other people's musical visions to life, and leading my own projects, gathering some of my favorite musicians and seeing them take my compositions to the next level. This fall, both Pannonia and the No Chairs Ensemble are in action a lot, so I'm taking off my sideman hat and putting back on my bandleader pants...
It's pretty rare to get to be both a sideman and a leader in the same night, but that's exactly what's happening Tuesday Sept. 13 at Joe's Pub. I had the pleasure of recording some music with my good friend and incredible Hungarian vocalist Niki Pankovits, and she's also been narrating and singing with Pannonia on our new set of story/pieces, The Road to Pannonia. (Video here). For the CD release, Niki scored a gig at one of the best music venues in New York, Joe's Pub, and asked me to bring Pannonia to share the evening. So, if you come on the 13th, you will get to here music from Niki's beautiful CD Magia, with me playing some trumpet, and then we'll journey to my crazy imaginary country Pannonia, and play some of it's traditional folk tunes.
Here's the link to buy tickets: TICKETS. First 25 ticket purchasers get free downloads of both albums... I'll wait, go do it!
Ok, welcome back. There are some other shows this month too, if you absolutely must hear me more than once in September, which I'm all for... The No Chairs Ensemble (think New Orleans brass party band) makes our Rockwood Music Hall debut Sept. 12, and then we'll be back at Terraza 7 Sept. 30 for the last time in it's current location. Last time we played there was a total party, and this time we're adding a sixth musician, the insanely grooving trombone man Darius Christian Jones.
Shows this month are rounded out by the Terraza Big Band, which was last night (oops), Livio Almeida's killer Brazilian Dectet, a folk festival with my Colombian family Grupo Rebolu and a show with Juancho Herrera's quartet, which just spent some time in the recording studio in July, so you'll definitely be hearing more about that project soon!
Thanks for reading and listening! See you at Joe's Pub!
Wow, this summer is flying by at a crazy pace! As I write this newsletter, I'm in my old stomping grounds of Seattle, Washington, unwinding from a great week of teaching and playing at the University of Oregon summer jazz camp. It was an incredibly positive experience to see so many excited, energetic high schoolers engaged with creative music making. I also took some extra time to drive around Oregon avoiding I-5 on the way back up North. Highly recommended if you have the time!
As I mentioned in last month's newsletter, I recently played my first shows with Grammy and Latin Grammy winning singer/composer extraordinaire Lila Downs, up in Montreal and Toronto. The whole band was incredibly welcoming, and the shows went great, and I've been asked to continue on with some more dates! The band is busy in August, with shows in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Santa Fe, including some collaborations with dance troupes.
More details about September shows coming next month, but both Pannonia and the No Chairs Ensemble will be in action in New York, and in October, Pannonia heads to the West Coast for the first time!
Thanks for reading and listening!
Happy summer to all!
July is starting with a bang, and going to be a whole lot of fun... I'm mostly working as a sideman this month, with a brand new band (for me) and some longtime favorites. I'm also working on finishing touches of a tour of the Northwest coming up in October with my band Pannonia, so stay tuned for that!
I'm very excited to be joining the Grammy winning singer Lila Downs this weekend, as we perform at Toronto Pride, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. This is my first time playing with Lila, and I've been enjoying getting to know her beautiful music, and am looking forward to the challenge of jumping onto the moving train that is a working band!
Back in my home borough of Queens, the Terraza Big Band just celebrated its 1 year anniversary, and the band is sounding great, and gearing up for a video recording and the first gigs out of the home venue (Terraza 7)... But for now, the first Thursday of each month (July 7), you can hear the band in its natural environment!
Speaking of big bands, my very favorite big band composer Pedro Giraudo will be back in action Sunday July 10 for the Blue Note jazz brunch. You've heard me rave about this band here time after time, but if you have the chance to see it live, it's an experience not to be missed!
My long time friend and musical collaborator Sofia Rei is on a hell of a tear, performing all over the world and getting some much deserved attention in the music universe... This month, she has a week long residency at the Stone, John Zorn's club on the Lower East Side. She's programmed an insanely ambitions 6 days of music, with 2 sets a night of completely different material... I'll be playing with her sextet there Thursday July 21, but I'll also be there checking out all the other combinations of great musicians she's assembled the rest of the week...
... And then it's off to the West Coast, for one of the highlights on my calendar, the University of Oregon summer jazz camp. This will be my 10th year on faculty, and it's always a great time working with the teaching crew and students there. I'll close out the camp and the month with a house concert at the wonderful Peggy and Paul Bodin's residence, featuring the West Coast version of my No Chairs Ensemble, a New Orleans inspired project featuring all kinds of instrumental debauchery...
Thanks for reading and listening!
Happy Spring everyone!
All sorts of fun music happening this month...
April 16 marks the 4th year of the Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival at Flushing Town Hall! The Queens Jazz OverGround (QJOG for those new to the mailing list), is an organization I co-run with Brian Woodruff and Amanda Monaco, championing Queens resident jazz musicians performing right here in our home borough. The fest is an all day affair, starting with student ensembles from noon-5, and then featuring 7 bands, including my band Pannonia. It's free of charge, thanks to support from the Queens Council on the Arts and the NY Department of Cultural Affairs! The Pannonia set will feature the world premiere of the 2nd chapter of "The Road to Pannonia", a mix of music and storytelling, featuring the original fiction of Chris Tarry, and narration by Niki Pankovits. For those who missed the premiere of chapter one, we'll be playing "Dogman" again too! Gonna be fun...
For the full schedule, visit queensjazz.org, or check out the Facebook event page
Speaking of Pannonia, one of my pieces written for that band, "K23" has been chosen as a finalist in the instrumental category of the International Songwriting Competition. Here's a clip of our last show playing that piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J68Jn8NibDw
Another piece of mine, "Toe Tapper," made the semi-finals in the jazz category. As much as I try not to read too much into competitions, it's nice to get a little recognition from time to time!
Also coming up this month, I'll be part of the house band for the monthly jam session at Flushing Town Hall April 6, and back at Terraza with the Terraza Big Band April 7.
Tuesday, April 12, the Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band plays the Jazz Standard, playing Pedro's fantastic compositions. The next night, April 13th, I'll be joining violinist/singer/composer Karolina Beimcik for her Zorya Project at the El Taller gallery.
As always, thanks for reading and listening! Hope to see you at a show in the very near future!
The "birthday show" is a relatively common practice among musicians... I think for many of us, our bandmates are some of our closest friends, and playing music surrounded by friends is pretty much as good as it gets. It just so happens I turn 34 years old next Tuesday, March 1, and I was coincidentally offered a date on one of my favorite music series in New York (the "Konceptions Series", curated by James Carney) on that very day. I get the joy of playing some of my music with great friends and musicians, and I get to leverage some birthday guilt to make you all hang out with me in the place of my choosing! It's a win-win, really... (Also, Korzo has awesome food & drinks, if you needed some extra prodding...)
While I'm always excited for a show with one of my projects, this one is going to be special... I've known for quite a while that I wanted to do something beyond just playing stand-alone music with this particular project... For those who haven't heard it, Pannonia (www.pannoniaband.com) is a band that was inspired by folk music traditions from around the world. I was jealous of all these amazing traditions, where music intertwines with stories, dancing, food and community, so I made up my own country. Up until now, the mythology behind Pannonia has all been unspoken, but I was able to partner with a great author, who also happens to be a good friend and musician, Mr. Chris Tarry. His recently published book of short stories "How to Carry Bigfoot Home", and an earlier set of stories & music, "The Rest of the Story" spoke strongly to me, and I asked him if he'd be willing to throw himself into the Pannonian landscape and come up with some stories for me. What he came up made me grin from ear to ear - he absolutely captured the spirit of Pannonia in three beautiful short stories. The first is called "Dogman", and I'll share a quick teaser:
The first person you meet on the road to Pannonia is Kutya Ferfi. He has the body of a man, the head of a dog, and a tail that continuously wags when he talks. Some say when you live this far out, even the best of us end up looking like some kind of animal or another.
“What business do you have in Pannonia?” he’ll ask you, and there are three answers. The first is that you are a spice trader, but not cinnamon, or cocoa, for these are common place in Pannonia. It is Kutya’s job to see that the spice you trade is that which Pannonia requires, and for that there is one coveted above all, and that is the spice of Melody...
It goes on from there, and I've written a 5 movement suite that wraps around and underscores this beautiful story... Along with Pannonia regulars Zach Brock, Ryan Keberle, Gary Wang and Ronen Itzik, we'll be joined by Niki Pankovits, who will be narrating and singing!
One thing felt like it was missing from the equation... I asked my old friend and musical collaborator, and gifted artist Kendall Eddy to create an illustration for this story and character. See the result below... It's incredibly gratifying to be able to collaborate with such talented people and have them create within my crazy little world. I don't know exactly where this project will end up, but I know I'm very excited to share this chapter with everyone who can make it March 1!
Hey, that was a lot of verbiage about one show! There are some other great things going on in March too, check out the details to the left... I'm very excited to join my good friend Juancho Herrera for a show March 2... Juancho is originally from Venezuela, and is a monster singer/guitarist/composer, and a like-minded musical soul, so I'm very much looking forward to being part of his band for this show! I'm back at Terraza with the Big Band, and back at Zinc with Livio's Dectet, plus a new big band for me (the JazzHarmonic) and another show with bassist/composer Matt Snow coming up this month.
Cheers! Thanks as always for reading & listening...
2016 has gotten off to a solid start here in my corner of Queens, New York. After an awesome week unwinding down in New Orleans, I've been busy working on future projects, some of which are starting to come into focus... But more on that later!
February kicks off with two regular engagements right here in my home borough... Wednesday I lead the monthly clinic and jam session at Flushing Town Hall. I'll be talking about some of the Queens-based stars of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, including Cootie Williams, Clark Terry, Paul Goncalves and Duke's son Mercer Ellington, and then I'll be playing tunes they made famous for the house set along with some current Queens based jazz all-stars, Andrew Washburn, Sam Trapchak and Brian Woodruff. Then Thursday Feb 4, I'll be playing once again with the Terraza Big Band directed by Edward Perez and Michael Thomas, which gets better and better each month!
While I definitely left part of my heart back in New Orleans, we'll be celebrating Fat Tuesday in style right here in Long Island City at the fantastic restaurant/bar Alobar. In what is now the second year of this tradition, I'll be joining the Affinity trio, with Martin Kelly, Diallo House and Christian Coleman, for some New Orleans inspired music to get you in that Mardi Gras mood... Last year was a blast, come out and party with us!
Speaking of New Orleans, while I was down there, I had the pleasure of meeting singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter, who was passing through on an extended tour, and we ended up playing some of her music together. She's coming through the Northeast in February, and will be at Rockwood Music Hall Feb. 14, and I'll be joining her for a few songs. Check out her music at http://www.carolinecotter.com/.
Also on the docket this month is Brazilian night at Zinc Bar with Livio Almeida's Brazilian Dectet. Great band and music, and I have the enviable job of sharing the trumpet section with the great Seneca Black.
One date to look ahead to is March 1... You'll hear more about this in the next installment of the newsletter, but the abbreviated version is that Pannonia is back, this time with the first chapter of music written around a story by fiction writer and bassist extraordinaire Chris Tarry. To narrate and sing, we'll be adding Nikolett Pankovits (I'm also very excited to be recording on her upcoming record this month). This show is part of the Konceptions music series in the back room at Korzo, one of my favorite places to play with this band...
Thanks for reading and listening! Looking forward to sharing all this music with you!
Hope your 2016 is off to a happy and healthy start...
I get to ring in the New Year with a fun week of shows... Tonight, I'll be playing with Livio Almeida's Brazilian Dectet, in a trumpet section comprised of me and Jonathan Powell... one of the best in the business! Livio is a fantastic saxophonist/flautist, and assembles a really fun crew of musicians and a great book of music.
This coming Tuesday, bassist Dan Ori leads a trio at Bar Next Door, with me and guitarist Yotam Silberstein. Then on Thursday, the Terraza Big Band is back in action, playing music by Edward Perez and Michael Thomas.
After a brief trip down to New Orleans (a rare bit of non-performance related travel!), I'll return in time for a couple shows with Sofia Rei's sextet, which will be appearing as part of Winter Jazz Fest, and then on a killer lineup for the 4th annual NYC South American Music Festival.
Much to look forward to in 2016... At the moment, I'm working on some brand new material for Pannonia, which you'll be hearing plenty more about in the coming months...
Love to all, and wishing you a very happy new year!
Thanks for reading and listening!
I would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving. It's my personal favorite holiday, as I'll take food, friends/family and copious amounts of wine over gifts and religion any day...(though the upcoming Jewish Christmas celebration at a Chinese restaurant is a very close second...)
For anyone in NYC this Thanksgiving weekend, after a Friday of digestion and Netflix catchup, I'll be headed to two of my favorite Queens venues for shows over the weekend. Saturday night I play some Colombian music with the great Grupo Rebolu. Sunday, I've been invited to join Trample Man as the special guest for their weekly Sunday gig at Dominie's in Astoria. Trample Man is made up of my good friends Broc Hempel on piano, Sam Trapchak on bass and Christian Coleman on drums. They've created an awesome Sunday night scene there, and I'm excited to bring some of my tunes and some of my favorite songs by other people (Frisell, Monk, Wheeler, Mingus, Coltrane). Plus, there just may be some other special guests dropping by...
Looking ahead to December, I'll be leading the clinic and hosting the monthly Queens Jazz OverGround jam session at Flushing Town Hall next Wednesday, Dec. 2. We'll be talking about Queens-based jazz legend Lennie Tristano, and his importance as a composer and educator, as well as a master pianist with a very distinctive sound. The house set will feature some Lennie tunes as well as a couple tributes I've written to him. Joining me in the house band will be Danny Fox, Edward Perez and Brian Woodruff. Please come play!
The Terraza Big Band is back in action the next night, Thursday Dec. 3, and then I head to Philadelphia for a show with Sofia Rei's Sextet.
Looking forward, mark your calendars for Tuesday Dec. 15, and Friday Dec. 18! Both my 5 piece bands will be in action, starting with Pannonia on Dec. 15 at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. I had the opportunity to curate the whole evening, so I asked Nadje Noordhuis and Andy Clausen, two great bandleaders and composers who also have projects featuring brass and strings, to share the evening with me. That promises to be a really wonderful night of creative music. December 18, my new No Chairs Ensemble takes to the hanging stage at Terraza, where we'll play music from many traditions, all with the common thread of making you get out of your seat and tap them toes!
Hugs to all, and have a wonderful feast tomorrow! I'm thankful to know you, and thankful that you read these rambling emails!
Happy fall to all! As excellent as summer was, it's been nice to get back in the groove with teaching and various musical endeavors, though I'm missing the many relaxed hangs of summer!
Part of the beauty of being a sideman in a handful of different projects is that often when one group is on hiatus, or is less busy, another band will catch fire and get to play a lot. This month, I'm happy to be playing multiple shows with the wonderful Grupo Rebolu, led by singer/gaita player Ronald Polo, singer Johanna Castaneda and percussionist Morris Canate. I've been playing with these guys for the past few years, and they've really welcomed me into the family. This month, we play our regular monthly party at Terraza at the end of the month, but will also be featured at Flushing Town Hall, and at the Richmond Folk Festival in Virginia. I need to see about just leaving a horn at Terraza, as I'll also be there this month with Rebolu bassist Rudyck Vidal Espinosa's Adderesound project, and with big bands led by Edward Perez / Michael Thomas, and Shota Lee.
Speaking of bars where I'm a bit of a regular, I'll be bringing my newest project to Dominie's in Astoria on Monday October 19th. This place is the epitome of a great neighborhood bar, and will be a great place to bring a little New Orleans inspired music with my No Chairs Ensemble, featuring Dylan Heaney on sax, Danny Fox on keyboard, Peter Brendler on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. We'll be playing from 9-12, including some brand new tunes and arrangements, all designed to make you tap your toes, drink more, and make happy faces. That's right, if you're looking for any of that introspective, sensitive shit, please attend a show by one of my other bands.
As always, thanks for reading and listening!
September has a tendency to hit hard after a slow August, and this year is no exception... August was full of some productive writing, future planning, and plenty of grilling, friends and outdoor time. With September comes a return to lots of teaching, and a slew of performances, so without further ado, let me tell you about the shows!
Martin Kelley's "Affinity" is usually a trio of some stellar Queens-based musicians (Christian Coleman & Diallo House), but I'm honored to be joining them and turning it into a quartet for the next couple Tuesdays at Alobar in Long Island City. We played there for Fat Tuesday this past spring, and had a great time, with an enthusiastic crowd, so they're having us back! Expect some tunes from the Art Blakey repertoire, as well as some tributes to New Orleans. I don't get to say this much about places I play, but the food and drinks at Alobar are fantastic... plus it's named after one of my favorite literary characters, so I have a very soft spot for this place!
The jam session at Flushing Town Hall is back September 2nd, and I'll be leading the house set and session, along with my fellow Queens Jazz OverGround compadres Brian and Amanda, and local folk hero Peter Brendler. And rounding out the opening week gig trifecta, the Terraza Big Band is back in action for month number 4, co-led by Michael Thomas and Edward Perez, who write really fantastic music.
I'm excited to travel to Mexico for the first time this month with Sofia Rei's Quintet... We'll be playing a festival in Guadalajara. I'm also joining the Jazz Composers' Workshop again at the Jazz Gallery, this time featuring the music of Asuka Kakitani, Jon Schapiro and Sara McDonald.
As always, thank you for reading and listening!
Greetings from my air conditioned office for the month... I'll be here on a month long at-home artist retreat, working on new music for two of my projects, future planning and general scheming...
But before looking ahead to the coming month, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made my July on the west coast so much fun. The tour with my long standing duo project with Nico Soffiato was fantastic... We played a mix of house concerts, shared bills with other great duos in Seattle and Portland, and even had a day off for visiting wineries. The warmth we experienced from our hosts and audiences was truly reinvigorating and fulfilling. It makes the work of putting a tour together and releasing a record feel completely worth it!
The following week was my 8th year teaching at the University of Oregon summer jazz camp, always one of the highlights of my year. Great crew of students this year, and such a pleasure to be teaching side by side with such great friends and musicians, including Steve Owen, Hashem Assadullahi, Dave Glenn, Greg Goebel, Mike Denny, Jason Palmer and Andrea Niemiec.
August, while relatively low key gig-wise, has some fun shows to look forward to. The QJOG jam session at Flushing Town Hall continues through the summer, and on August 5 I'm honored to be joining the fantastic OKB trio with Brian Woodruff, Oscar Perez and Kuriko Tsugawa for the house set at 7, followed by the always enjoyable jam session to follow. The next night (August 6), the Terraza 7 big band is back in action for the 3rd month, playing the music of Edward Perez and Michael Thomas, both fantastic writers who have assembled a truly stellar band.
On August 23, my quintet, featuring Dylan Heaney on tenor sax, Danny Fox on piano, Peter Brendler on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums, will be part of a triple bill house concert / party at the Astoria home of Peter Brendler and family... This is the second year we've done this and last year's was a truly memorable event. Also playing will be Eugenia Choe's trio and John Yao's quintet, both awesome Queens based bandleaders. While the personnel of my quintet is familiar, I'll be debuting a new concept with this group, inspired by my trip to New Orleans this past spring. The band will henceforth be known as "Josh Deutsch's No Chairs Ensemble". Intrigued? Good, we'll see you on the 23rd!
As always, thanks so much for reading and listening!
Happy July to all! Much to celebrate in the world this last week... And much to celebrate musically in the coming month...
I'm gearing up for a West Coast tour with my long time duo collaborator guitarist Nico Soffiato. We'll be playing music from our new CD Reverse Angle, with stops in Seattle, Vancouver BC, Portland, Eugene, Jacksonville and Mt. Shasta. In Seattle, we are proud to bring our 2x3 Series to the Royal Room. 2x3 showcases 3 duos in one concert, first performing on their own, and then collaborating in new spontaneous combinations. We'll be joining forces there with some of Seattle's finest, Wayne Horvitz on piano, Alex Guy on violin, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass and Andy Coe on guitar. In Portland, we'll be swinging by "The Shed" jazz camp at Portland State University, and sharing a bill with pianist George Colligan, who will play duo with Bill Mooring.
Full details to the left... If you're in one of the cities where a house concert is listed and would like to attend, please email me and I'll pass along the information so we can see you there!
Here's a promo video with some samples of the music from Reverse Angle and tour information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocv4XSoCzlE
Immediately after the tour comes one of the highlights of the year for me, teaching at the University of Oregon's Summer Jazz Camp in Eugene. The students are always great, and I get to teach alongside some dear friends and great musicians.
Before heading out West, there are plenty of great shows coming up here in New York...
Me and my fellow members of the Queens Jazz OverGround continue hosting the monthly jam session at Flushing Town Hall the first Wednesday of every month. Also in Queens, the 2nd performance of the new Terraza Big Band, directed by Edward Perez and Michael Thomas. And Sofia Rei's sextet plays one of the top jazz clubs in the city, the Jazz Standard, on July 7th.
Thank you for reading and listening, and I hope to see you at a show on one coast or the other!
Happy summer to all! It's been a nice one here in Northwestern Queens, and the back porch grill has been seeing lots of action!
New videos are up of the recent Pannonia show at Flushing Town Hall... check them out at the new and updated Pannonia site, www.pannoniaband.com. Scroll to the bottom for links to all the videos, including some of our new tunes, "Days Shortening" and "Traveling Tune" which both came out great!
Or, here's a direct link to those clips: "Traveling Tune" "Days Shortening"
Thanks to Marcela Peñalva for some great video work!
Any sharing or re-posting is greatly appreciated...
I'll be giving a clinic preceding this month's QJOG jam session at Flushing Town Hall. Each month we honor a master jazz musician who called Queens home, and this month we focus our adoration on Ella Fitzgerald and her Great American Songbook records. The clinic will talk about interpreting standards, and then we'll welcome the great Natalia Bernal, who will join us for the house set as we play some great tunes by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, Arlen and Kern. (Wednesday June 3)
Queens is getting a new big band! Led by saxophonist Michael Thomas and bassist Edward Perez, this new big band is full of insanely great players and we'll be playing new pieces by Edward and Michael on the hanging stage of Terraza 7, one of the coolest venues anywhere in the city. Hope the taco truck outside is well stocked... they're going to be busy that night! (Thursday June 4)
The new duo record from Nico Soffiato and me continues to get some great press. We're gearing up for our West Coast tour (many of the gigs are up on the calendar page), and in the meantime, we'll be performing at the famous Downtown Music Gallery Sunday June 7th. DTMG is a wonderful record store specializing in forward thinking jazz, and they do fairly regular live shows there, so we're honored to be part of that series.
Also this month - performances with Dan Ori's Quartet, Eric Kurimski's Quartet, and a whole lot of grilling!
As always, thanks so much for reading and listening!
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 .