Josh Deutsch

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Josh Deutsch
Born Seattle, Washington, US
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trumpet

Josh Deutsch is an American trumpet player and composer. He leads the band Pannonia and the Josh Deutsch Quintet,[1] and performs regularly in a duo with guitarist Nico Soffiato. Deutsch is a founding member of the Queens Jazz Overground. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Deutsch is also an educator, teaching privately and at various institutions, including the Queens College CPSM, the University of Oregon, and as a mentor in the Young Composers and Improvisors Workshop.

Early Life & Education[edit]

Deutsch was born and raised in Seattle. He began playing piano and composing music at the age of five, then added the trumpet in middle and high school. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeill, Allan Chase and composer Lee Hyla. Deutsch received his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance and Composition in 2009 from the University of Oregon.[2]

Performing & Recording[edit]

Deutsch is the leader of the band Pannonia, which he formed in 2011 and whose debut recording, Another Time, Another Place[3] was released in 2014.[4][5] Downbeat named it a January 2014 editors pick and notes: "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."[6] Deutsch also performs in a duo with guitarist Nico Soffiato[7] that has toured extensively in Italy and the United States. Guitar International hailed their recording Time Gels[8] (2011) as "an elegant, fresh take on the timeless (duo) tradition" and praised the duo’s ability to "perform as a cohesive unit with improvisational vigor and mature musicianship." Deutsch and Soffiato host the 2x3 Series, presenting a trio of diverse duos in a night of separate and collaborative performances at various NYC venues. The trumpeter also plays regularly and has recorded with Argentinian singer/composer Sofia Rei, Pedro Giraudo's Expansions Big Band, the Australian soul/funk band The Hipstones and Nathan Parker Smith's Large Ensemble. Deutsch has also performed with Michael Bates' Outside Sources and the Duke Ellington Big Band directed by Victor Goines. He has presented his own projects at Dave Douglas's Festival of New Trumpet Music as well as at the Earshot Jazz Festival[9] in Seattle and the Outpost Summer Music Festival in Albuquerque and has appeared in the U.S. at The Jazz Gallery and The Stone in New York City and at Yoshi's in Oakland, among other locations.[10]


Deutsch has appeared as a clinician and conducted master classes throughout the U.S. He was on the faculty of the Oregon Festival of American Music's Summer Jazz Academy from 2007 through 2009 and of the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp from 2007 to the present. In 2008, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Oregon for his work with large and small jazz ensembles and private improvisation students. He currently offers private instruction in trumpet, piano, improvisation, composition and music theory in New York City where he is on the faculty of the Queens College CPSM and a mentor in the Young Composers and Improvisors Workshop.[11]


Deutsch writes music in multiple genres and his compositions and arrangements have been performed by artists ranging from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and cellist Ruth Marshall to the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Ron Miles and Danilo Pérez. He has received commissions from the NPR radio program From The Top,[12] the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Music Northwest and the Head-Royce School. In addition to having composed hundreds of pieces for various performing ensembles, Deutsch has also written several long-form pieces including "The Ligeti Project," a 12-movement, cross-genre work for jazz septet that has been performed on both the East and West Coasts that is based loosely on György Ligeti's Musica Ricercata.


As a leader/co-leader[edit]

  • Pannonia, Another Time, Another Place (Alternate Side Records, 2014)[3]
  • Josh Deutsch/Nico Soffiato, Time Gels (2011)[7]
  • Four Across, Four Across (8bells/Circavision, 2008)[13]
  • The Poisonous Birds, Live @ Jo Fed's (2008)[13]

As a sideman[edit]

  • Sofia Rei, De Tierra y Oro (Cascabelera/Lillihouse, 2012)[14]
  • Brian Adler, Helium Music Project (Circavision, 2013)[15]


  1. ^ Cullen, Terence M. "Bringing Jazz To Queens". The Queens Courier. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ruhling, Nancy. "Astoria Characters: The Jazz Player". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Another Time, Another Place". Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Mitchell. "Josh Deutsch's Pannonia To Release Debut CD". Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Josh Deutsch's Pannonia To Release Debut CD "Another Time, Another Place"". Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Downbeat: Reviews". Downbeat Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Josh Deutsch/Nico Soffiato Duo". Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Warnock, Matt. "Josh Deutsch Nico Soffiato Duo "Time Gels"". ReviewYou. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bluford, Nathan. "Catching Up With Josh Deutsch" (PDF). Earshot Jazz Festival. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mudede, Charles. "Josh Deutsch Quartet's Intellectual Jazz". The Stranger (Seattle). Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Team: Josh Deutsch". Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "From The Top: Show 039". Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Josh Deutsch: Projects". Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sofia Rei: Music". Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Helium Music Project". Retrieved January 20, 2014. 

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