One could easily imagine that Erik Deutsch lives inside a piano. Thus it's no surprise that some of the worlds most demanding performers request Erik for their keyboard accompaniment. If they're lucky, they can catch him in the rare moments when he's not leading his own group through a truly modernist take on the jazz tradition.
Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama (with drummer Joe Russo), Erik has taken his talents across the globe to play with some of the finest musicians alive. Born in Washington D.C. but currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Erik exists in many musical worlds, touring and recording with pop artists like Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Citizen Cope, Shooter Jennings, Alice Smith, Antony and the Johnsons, Phillip Phillips, Joey Arias, Devotchka, and Erin McKeown; or with jazz artists like Charlie Hunter, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Allison, Scott Amendola, Trevor Dunn, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Campilongo, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Todd Sickafoose, and Art Lande.
In 2011 Erik teamed with country icon Shooter Jennings to tour and record two acclaimed records, Family Man and The Other Life. In 2012-13 he played over 100 shows with pop artist Citizen Cope, and spent the rest of 2013 performing in arenas with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.
Deutsch holds the distinction of being the only keyboardist to tour regularly with 7-string guitar master Charlie Hunter (from 2007 to 2009 he toured and recorded two albums as a member of Charlie's trio).
2012 marked the release of Deutsch's 3rd album as a leader Demonio Teclado, a psychedelic blend of retro soul-jazz and rock. Erik's two previous records ('07 Fingerprint and '09 Hush Money) were met with critical acclaim.
Erik just finished a brand new recording entitled Outlaw Jazz. Featuring a new blend of countrified jazz with his signature psychedelic soul jazz sound, Deutsch is joined by an all-star cast of musicians: Tony Mason on drums, Jeff Hill on bass, Scott Metzger on guitar, Avi Bortnick on guitar, Jon Graboff on pedal steel, Tony Leone on drums, Steve Elliot on guitar, Jon Gray on trumpet and vocals, Jonathan Stewart and Mike McGinnis on saxophones, and Victoria Reed and Shooter Jennings on vocals. Release is set for February 24, 2015 on the Nashville-based record label Cumberland Bros.
Upon arriving at the university of Colorado in 1995, Erik began studies with pianists Art Lande, Greg Dyes, and Robert Spillman. It wasn’t long before he formed Fat Mama. Fellow members Joe Russo (drums), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Kevin Kendrick (vibes/turntables), and Jonti Siman (bass) are current NYC residents. After living in a school bus for six years, recording three albums, and experiencing the "school of hard knocks" first hand, it's truly amazing that all of the guys still hang and play every week!
After completing his degree from CU in piano performance, Erik stayed in Boulder, CO developing a busy career as a performer and teacher. He played frequently with Art Lande, Ron Miles, Devotchka, Liza, The Motet, and Casey Collins among others.
Erik Deutsch was born in Washington D.C. in 1976. When his family relocated to Nashville in 1982, Erik began Suzuki piano studies at Vanderbilt University. Before long there were solo recitals, lead sheets, lengthy renditions of Louie Louie and a performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Returning to the Washington D.C. area in 1987, Erik discovered jam sessions at The One Step Down, Twins, and the HR57. Pianist George Colligan was an inspiring instructor during this time.