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Erik Deutsch

Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama, Brooklyn-based pianist Erik Deutsch has toured and recorded with artists like Norah Jones, Charlie Hunter, Citizen Cope, Theo Bleckmann, Rosanne Cash, Ben Allison, Shooter Jennings, Allison Miller, Scott Amendola, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Campilongo, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, and Art Lande. A prolific composer and bandleader, Erik's five albums have received critical acclaim by RollingStone, Jazz Times, USA Today, and the Huffington Post, including Relix magazine naming Deutsch’s 4th album Outlaw Jazz the #16 best album of 2015. He was recently voted the #5 Rising Star Organist in Downbeat Magazine's annual poll, where he has been recognized for consecutive years. In March of 2016, Deutsch became a full-time member of the legendary pioneering jamband Leftover Salmon. Performing 100+ shows per year, Erik has been featured at major venues and festivals across the country ever since. 2018 marks the release of Erik’s 6th album, "Falling Flowers", a funky, energetic romp through the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, dub, and pop music. As usual, Deutsch features his crack NYC band: Tony Mason, Avi Bortnick, Jesse Murphy, Brian Drye, and Mike McGinnis; special guests Scott Metzger and Andy Thorn; and finally, his wife, rising star Victoria Reed with whom he collaborated on the soulful, uplifting title track. Deutsch’s music is always hard to categorize, but his playing and compositions are unmistakably personal and unique. Falling Flowers is the next exciting step in this pianist’s notable career.


Downbeat Rising Star Poll 2013-2018


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"Erik Deutsch, a pianist with a taste for tuneful provocation, is an especially valuable resource as a solo commentator and accompanist…"   —Nate Chinen, NY Times

Falling Flowers is .“…a cornucopia of goodness... one of the best jazz blends we have encountered this year"—Indie Voice Blog

Country music and jazz can make for strange bedfellows, but musicians who love both sometimes create fascinating hybrids, like vibraphonist Gary Burton's ahead-of-its-time 1966 album Tennessee Firebird and guitarist Bill Frisell's bluegrass-infusedNashville. Add New York-based pianist Erik Deutsch's Outlaw Jazz to that list" —USA TODAY

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Falling Flowers

LoHi Records


Outlaw Jazz

Hammer and String


Demonio Teclado

Hammer and String


Hush Money

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM




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