Primary Instrument: Trumpet
A Southern California native, Elliot Deutsch is quickly making a name for himself on the L.A. jazz scene as a bandleader, composer, and trumpeter. Since March 2007, Deutsch has led the 17-piece Elliot Deutsch Big Band, acting as its director, primary composer, and featured soloist. At 26, Deutsch is already an accomplished young trumpeter of diverse experience. He has toured internationally with Solomon Burke of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and played extensively with The Mutaytor, the Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz Orchestra, Pato Banton and the Mystic Roots, and the L.A. Jewish Symphony. Elliot has also worked with respected musicians including B.B. King, Lalo Schifrin, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Hubert Laws, Jon Faddis, and Jason Mraz.
As a composer, Deutsch is using his big band to showcase his own original charts and inspired new arrangements of fondly remembered classics. Outside the band, Deutsch has held staff positions in the Caltech Music Department, directing the Caltech Monday Jazz Band and teaching jazz improvisation.
Elliot Deutsch received his Master of Music from CSU Long Beach in 2008, and has studied trumpet under Bobby Rodriguez, Ron Stout, Jeff Jarvis, and William Bing. Armed with strong fundamentals, a unique voice, and a desire to reach fans of jazz both old and new, Elliot Deutsch is delivering a fresh new big band sound to L.A. and beyond.
The Elliot Deutsch Big Band is the youngest, boldest, and hardest swinging big band in Los Angeles. Featuring all original compositions and 17 of the hottest young professionals in jazz, the Elliot Deutsch Big Band has a unique and exciting sound all its own.
Every Elliot Deutsch Big Band performance is an exclusive ticket to the newest live jazz on the scene. Formed in 2007, the group plays with a slick and contemporary style built on a solid foundation of hard swing. With tunes written to be both accessible and complex, the music impresses casual listeners and jazz experts alike. While many big bands are limited by playing only classic material, the Elliot Deutsch Big Band prides itself on playing only original charts and daring new arrangements penned by Deutsch and contributing band members. The band has performed at the UCLA JazzReggae and Caltech Jazz Festivals, the Jazz Bakery, the Pasadena Jazz Institute, The Edison, Catalina’s Bar and Grill, as well as numerous private gigs.
All the players are up-and-coming young musicians in their mid-to-late 20s who take pride and ownership in their distinctive big band sound. That means louder fortes, riskier solos, and a high energy that won't quit. This is the next generation of writers, performers, and studio musicians, and many are already active on the national scene.
According to Deutsch's bio, he has performed with Solomon Burke, Bobby Rodriguez' Latin Jazz Band, B.B. King, Lalo Schifrin and Kenny Burrell, among others, none of which would lead one to anticipate a big-band date as captivating and resourceful as Weeknight Music. But here it is, and Deutsch deserves a round of applause for marshaling (and recording) an ensemble of this caliber. -Jack Bowers (AllAboutJazz)
The Elliot Deutsch Big Band is one of the most exciting and innovative bands on the jazz scene today. This incredibly tight band, comprised of twenty something musicians, swing like seasoned pros but with a youthful heat that takes the audience on a wild ride. -Barbara Brighton (Producer of YAJS)
Great charts! Great players! An absolutely stunning band! -Ruth Price (Founder of The Jazz Bakery)
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
M.M. from California State University Long Beach in Jazz Studies B.A. from UCLA in Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies I previously held a staff position at Caltech, teaching Jazz Improvisation, and directing the Caltech Monday Jazz Band. I am available to teach private lessons in Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz arranging and composition.