Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama, pianist/composer Erik has taken his talents across the globe to play with some of the finest musicians alive. Born in Washington D.C. and currently a 13+ year resident of Brooklyn, NY, Erik exists in many musical worlds, performing and recording with jazz, pop, rock, bluegrass and country artists like Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Citizen Cope, Charlie Hunter, Leftover Salmon, Shooter Jennings, Alice Smith, Shelby LynneTheo Bleckmann, Jessi Coulter, Joe Russo, Allison Moorer, Phillip Phillips, Dori FreemanJoey AriasAaron Lee Tasjan, Devotchka, Erin McKeown, Scott Amendola, Teddy Thompson, Ben Allison, The Motet, Sam Bush, Allison Moorer, Daniel Rodriguez, Steven Bernstein, Hannah Cohen, Ellery Eskelin, Bobby Previte, Levon Helm, John Scofield, Jim Campilongo, Nels Cline, Todd Clouser, Jenny Scheinman, Scott Metzger, Elvis Perkins, Tony Malaby, Bob DiPiero, Autre ne Veut, Greensky Bluegrass, Allison Miller, Jefferson Hamer, Chris Robinson, Greg Garing, Lee Townsend, Brandon Seabrook, Ron Miles, Michael Blake, Anton Fier, Fruition, Todd Sickafoose, Alto Reed, and Art Lande. 

In 2016, Erik joined forces with Colorado polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass legendary band Leftover Salmon and has been a full-time member ever since; Deutsch was featured on their 2017 release Something Higher. In 2011 Erik teamed with Shooter Jennings to tour and record two acclaimed records, Family Man and The Other Life.  Since 2012, Erik has played hunreds of shows with pop artist Citizen Cope and Deutsch’s collaboration with his wife, Victoria Reed, including her debut 2016 album Chariot, is ongoing and expanding.

Deutsch holds the distinction of being the only keyboardist to tour regularly with 7-string guitar master Charlie Hunter, touring from 2007 to 2009 and recording Mistico (2008) and Baboon Strength (2009).

2018 marked the release of Erik’s 6th album, Falling Flowers. His previous records include Creatures (2016), Outlaw Jazz (2015) Demonio Teclado (2012), Hush Money (2009), and Fingerprint (2007).

SEP 28

Nov 13


7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre


The three instrumentalists are pulling off an effervescent and sparkling performance that casts a spell over the listener; ever open-minded, they inimitably combine the most diverse musical topics whilst drawing from the broad stock of jazz history. Playing with all kinds of styles and never forgetting their respective– Balkan – roots, they follow the composed piece as well as leaving room for artful improvisations.

The sound created by Esad Halilovic and his partners is full of thrilling melodies, boldly virtuoso solos, surprise twists and breaks, unconventional experiments and electrifying build-ups. The mood pendulum swings between loud and muted, intimate and exotic, the mysterious – and outrageous nonchalance.

The trio has sparked great attention with its new album MERAK.
The CD presentation was in the renowned jazz club Porgy & Bess in
Vienna and subsequently they performed at some well-known jazz
festivals (such as Jazz Plaza International Festival of Havana,
RARA Festival in Italy, One Jazz Festival in Romania, Petrovac Jazz Fest and Jazz by Herceg Novi in Montenegro, Hongkong Jazz Festival, Beishan Jazz Festival in China…….).

Sebastian Schneider – piano
Clemens Rofner- bass
Esad Halilovic – drums

Michael Ternai, Music Austria Export

Nov 14

Simon Wyrsch

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Simon Wyrsch is among the best young jazz clarinetists in the world, admired by the public as well as by journalists, who write great reviews. Still a teenager he worked professionally as a musician and gave concerts with different bands and groups as well as some shows in theaters. This will be followed by appearances at clubs and festivals worldwide, such as Avignon Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center Jazz Club and much more. Masterclasses attended by artists like Billy Taylor, Lewis Nash, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Drew jr., Eddie Daniels, Dave Liebman among others. As as Buffet-Artist and Endorser for Vandoren he gives Clinics and Masterclasses about Jazz, Clarinet and Improvisation. He plays a modern jazz clarinet, with much passion and unparalleled virtuosity.

Nov 15

 Whitney Shay

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

With sparkly dresses, fiery tresses, and a talent rivaled only by her unstoppable hustle,Whitney Shay is one #busylittlesinger. The four-time San Diego Music Award winner (including 2019 Artist of the Year) and 2019 Blues Music Award nominee is scorching stages at home and internationally. Shay’s latest release, A Woman Rules the World, is receiving high praise from music critics who are calling the singer “a future blues icon” (Blues Matters!), “one of the next best things in soul music” (Blues and Rhythm Magazine), and “the epitome of a rising star” (Elmore Magazine). The album landed on several notable music media lists, including: Top Albums of the Year in Blues Music Magazine, France’s Soul Bag Mag, and top ratings in Norway’s Bluesnews Magazine and Germany’s Magazin bluesnews. Shay’s tracks have also been placed in TV/film, including shows on NBC, HBO, Bravo, BET, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. Whether in studio, on screen, or stage, Whitney Shay’s electric energy, soulful style, and powerhouse pipes keep listeners connected and coming back for more. 

Nov 16

7 pm  |  Angela Peralta Theatre

Sara Reich | Tap dancer
Casey Abrams | Vocal & Bass
“Are a long-timer member of the
Post Modern Jukebox”.

Nov 16


7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor, Composer) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. This Los Angeles native has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over 40 countries.  “I want to continue to bring tap into mass media with great respect and quality,” she says, focusing on “reprogramming the minds of the general public on their perception of tap dance.” (Dance Magazine 2017)

Sarah has become one of the art form’s pop culture ambassadors, thanks to her appearances in videos with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Her videos with them (A Star Wars–themed tribute, “The Tap Awakens,” & “Thriller”, a Michael Jackson cover featuring Wayne Brady) have garnered millions of views on YouTube, all receiving rave reviews. She has toured the world with Postmodern Jukebox playing prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House as well as a televised PBS special filmed in Las Vegas.

Previously she was seen on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance under companies by Chloe Arnold and Jason Samuels Smith. With her own company, Tap Music Project, she has choreographed and performed at the Ford Amphitheatre, UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Music Festival, Blue Whale jazz club, and the televised LA County Holiday Celebration. Sarah was also a performer at Madison Square Garden for the opening of the NY Knicks 2013-2014 season. She was sought out to perform at Jazz at the Lincoln Center for a tribute to Duke Ellington in New York City in 2017.

In addition to her vast international travels and countless television appearances, Sarah has had the honor to perform at some of the most prestigious venues back home in Los Angeles such as The Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater with Mexican Pop-Star, Cristian Castro and the Dolby Theater with the great Herbie Hancock.

With her Tap Music Project intensives in various cities, Reich teaches tap dancers how to dance with more musicality, communicate with musicians and write music. Using a live band in class, she instructs students on how to “scat” rhythms or transcribe choreography with rhythm notation, among other skills.

Sarah is developing new, and exciting works with her company Tap Music Productions, including her debut Tap Jazz Album titled New Change. This album is originally produced, composed from percussive tap rhythms, and performed by a great selection of musicians to create a unique sound. She hopes this is just the beginning: “I want to be the first tap dancer to win a Grammy Award!”


Nov 16


7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Musician, Song Writer, Performer, actor and Composer. Casey is a long-timer member of the Post Modern Jukebox Collective and former American Idol Finalist. Casey has made four albums to date: Casey Abrams, Casey Abrams and The Gingerbread Band, Casey Abrams Live, Put a Spell on You, and Casey Abrams Jazz. Casey was a featured actor in the dark comedy Love and Debt.