Elliot Deutsch has been a fixture of the Los Angeles Jazz scene since 2006, presenting his unique, exciting, and boisterous take on the art form. With two albums under his belt, and a third in its final stages, Elliot is proud to showcase his new big band sound.
The program for May 8th will include Elliot’s award-winning arrangement of Pure Imagination, The Push, as well as several new pieces he wrote for youtube series “Live, Un-Edited Studio Performances.” Deutsch will also be premiering several never-before-performed compositions from his new, unreleased album. These include a series of politically themed, instrumental pieces with titles such as “Repeal and Replace,” “The Great Wall,” and “Fake News.”
“Bringing my big band into its twelfth year, I decided that it is time for a change. I recently put over thirty of my pieces into retirement, allowing me to focus on a modern, funky sound. This change has allowed me to present a clear vision of the present and future of large ensemble music, and to establish my unique voice as a composer. I am extremely fortunate to have some of the very best players Los Angeles has to offer. This will be a momentous night of music.”
Elliot Deutsch has written arrangements for numerous artists including Arturo Sandoval, Take 6, Cheryl Bentyne, Max Weinberg, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center Jazz Orchestra. Deutsch has recently arranged all of the songs for soon-to-be-released projects by crooner Mark Blake, and vintage jazz band Sasha’s Bloc. As a trumpeter, Deutsch has toured internationally with Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Solomon Burke, The Urban Renewal Project, and others. He performs weekly with Fine Artist Entertainment’s That Vibe. Deutsch has served on the faculties of Long Beach City College and Cal Poly Pomona and was Vice President of ASMAC (American Society of Arrangers and Composers). He earned his Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB, and his BA from UCLA. His prior releases include “The Push!” in 2014, and “Weeknight Music” in 2009.
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In October 2017, Elliot Deutsch Big Band met in Capitol Records Studio A to record an album of original large ensemble jazz music. The yet-to-be-titled EP will feature the world-famous trombonist Bob McChesney playing a song that he cowrote with Deutsch entitled "Pink Sunset."
Runaway Blues is live! If you haven't seen the video or heard the song... watch it now.
For the past couple years I have had the pleasure of arranging all of the music for Sasha's Bloc. The band, brainchild of leader Alex Gershman, is a cabaret-style jazz band. Gershman, a Seder Sinai urologist by trade, writes the songs. In the case of Runaway Blues, Bob McChesney (probably the greatest living jazz trombonist) and Alvin Chea (bass vocalist of Take 6) both had their hand at reharmonizing the song and revising the lyric. I had the wonderful job of arranging their flawless work for the 9-piece ensemble.
To top it off, I got to conduct the session at Capitol Studio A. Take 6 was a dream to work with. I have been a fan of their music since I first heard them in college (circa 2001). Not in my wildest dreams would I be standing in front of the world-class ensemble only 15 years later.
On June 28 at the Vittoria Jazz Festival in Sicily, Italy, famed saxophonist Francesco Cafiso will premier his nine-piece jazz band. His entire set of music, 10 original jazz tunes penned by Cafiso, have been arranged by yours truly. It was a unique pleasure to arrange Cafiso's music. Those familiar with Cafiso's writing know how dissimilar the two of us are in terms of musical vocabulary. I like to think of my own music as having simple melodies backed by loud exciting orchestration. Cafiso's music pairs cyclical harmony with Thad Jones-like melodies that dance around in the upper chord extensions. Working with his music has been an enlightening process that, while challenging to my conventions, has opened my ears to new musical ideas.
If you are lucky enough to me in Italy for the concert, please hold up your phone and proudly catch a video of the performance because I would love to see and hear how it goes!
Starting in late 2014, I have been the arranger for Alex Gershman's neo-jazz project Sasha's Bloc. The band features many of the best instrumentalists in Los Angeles including Bob McChesney, Kye Palmer, Brandon Fields, Alex Budman, among many others.
Sasha's Bloc features an impressive array of singers, many of whom I have had the pleasure of arranging for including Jane Monheit and Alvin Chea (Take 6).
Be on the lookout for a brand new recording by Sasha's Bloc and Take 6, arranged by yours truly.
Starting in the Fall of 2015, I have joined the faculty at Long Beach City College. I am teaching the jazz trumpet students, both of which have made incredible progress this year. In addition, I taught a music appreciation class on the music of Latin America. In the Spring, I begin teaching a class on multi-cultural music and music hybridization in the United States.
For the Winter quarter, I joined the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona to teach instrumental arranging.
In April, 2015, I was hired by one of my favorite composers, John Clayton, to help him write arrangements for "It Don't Mean a Thing... A Celebration of Swing." The show was an all-star gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. While the experience was a bit of a whirlwind, I ended up co-arranging 4 charts for the show. Highlights include an adaptation of a live Ellington version of Take the A-Train to feature Terance Blanchard, and a medley of Andrews Sisters songs performed by The Puppini Sisters.
The true highlight of the whole experience was experiencing Mr. Clayton's writing process first hand. I learned how he sketches his scores on 3 grand staffs, and I got to ask him why and how he writes for five trumpets.
I heard that the show was an overwhelming success.
I am currently working hard at orchestrating the new musical "Recorded In Hollywood." The show is a historical dramatization of the rise of music producer John Dolphin. The show is set to open in April.
I am also working on a commission for Esperanza High School's award-winning jazz band. Esperanza has a wonderful band and a terrific music teacher, Brad Davis. I cannot wait to hear them in concert!
This weekend I will be performing at the JEN Conference in San Diego with jazz/hip hop group "Urban Renewal Project." I hope to see you there!
Finally, I will be giving a clinic on arranging for jazz combo and big band at Moorpark College on January 14th. I believe this is open to the public, so please feel free to drop by this as well!
Arturo Sandoval and his All-Star Big Band played two of my arrangements at his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut performance. The second song of the concert was my version of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)". Then (about 90 minutes later), Arturo's final closer was my arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard On High."
As a trumpeter, I have been a huge fan of Arturo Sandoval since I was first introduced to his music in high school. It was a real treat to hear him lend his incredible chops to my arrangements!