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Arts / Entertainment

Jazz pianist Erik Deutsch Jan. 31

January 25, 2010

CultureCatch calls Erik Deutsch a "gifted keyboard whiz." Deutsch has been praised by The Boston Globe, The New York Times,, and Billboard as an intuitive, inspired musician who is at the top of his genre. Colorado State will host Deutsch in a concert on Jan. 31.

Pianist, composer, and improviser Erik Deutsch will perform in the University Center for the Arts on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 31
7:30 p.m.
Organ Recital Hall
University Center for the Arts

(Deutsch has) cemented his reputation as one of the most in-demand sidemen of Brooklyn’s nascent jazz renaissance.

~ Jazz Times Magazine

Once upon a time, there was such a thing as an instrumental pop hit. If the charts still had room for the likes of the Allman Brothers' "Jessica" and Herbie Hancock's "Rockit," not to mention the JB's and MG's, then Erik Deutsch would be assured a place atop them.

~ The Philadelphia City Paper

Deutsch has gig at Colorado State

Colorado State will host Erik Deutsch as a special guest in the Virtuoso Concert Series. Deutsch is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, and producer. Deutsch has many faces in the music business, and is busy enough to prove it.

A former Boulder resident, Deutsch received his degree from the University of Colorado in piano performance. Currently a resident of Brooklyn, NY, the pianist has recently worked with Norah Jones, Ben Allison, and Trevor Dunn (to name a few).

Three years in Charlie Hunter Trio

He just wrapped up three years in the Charlie Hunter Trio (recording Mistico and Baboon Strength), and is currently recording and touring with Steven Bernstein, Shooter Jennings, Jessica Lurie, Scott Amendola, and Jim Campilongo. Longtime collaborators include the drummer Allison Miller, trumpeter Ron Miles, pianist Art Lande, and gypsy rockers Devothcka.

2010 marked the release of Erik’s most recent album, Hush Money. The music reflects a unique balance between the cinematic compositions of Deutsch’s previous record, Fingerprint, with the rhythm and blues esthetic of Charlie Hunter. Throw in a heavy dose of Erik’s extensive arsenal of analog synthesizers and Hush Money is surely the most wide-ranging recording of his career. 

'What I plan to play'

"The music I've planned for the concert will be a mix of new things, old things, standards, and cover songs," says Deutsch. "Expect the music to mix impressionistic jazz with rock and r&b." 

Erik is excited to return to Colorado and perform this special duo with his close friend, trumpeter Jon Gray. "Jon Gray and I have played music together since we were 18 years old. Since then, we've teamed up on countless projects, albums, and concerts.

"No one has better ears and a more soulful approach to my songs. I feel that he's my closest and most trustworthy friend within the music."


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2 – 17)
  • $12/adult

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Listen to Deutsch's compositions.

The performance will be followed by a "Meet the Artist Reception."

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603