Pandemonium Big Band began out of necessity.
Since 2006, Elliot Deutsch directed the Los Angeles-based jazz collective Elliot Deutsch Big Band. This 17 musician ensemble performed frequently at venues around the city including Catalina's, Vitello's, and the recently shuttered Blue Whale Jazz Club and The Jazz Bakery. Playing predominantly Deutsch's exciting, boisterous repertoire, Elliot Deutsch Big Band quickly became a staple of the Los Angeles jazz scene.
As we all know, everything shut down in March 2020... and live music has yet to return.
Like many ensembles, Elliot Deutsch Big Band turned to the burgeoning scene that is remote performance. Through 2020 Deutsch proved time and time again that his team of musicians and engineers are indeed world-class. Reformed as Pandemonium Big Band, the virtual ensemble released an unmatched 9 performances to their YouTube channel., cementing the band as a force to be reckoned with.
Elliot Deutsch is a superb musician and his band swings like crazy”, Patrick Williams
Elliot Deutsch is a composer and arranger, specializing in modern, accessible large ensemble jazz. He has made a name for himself throughout the Los Angeles area by presenting his unique take on the art form through incomparably talented big band.
Deutsch has written arrangements for numerous artists including Arturo Sandoval, ACCENT, Martina McBride, Laura Dickinson, Cheryl Bentyne, Max Weinberg, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Kennedy Center Jazz Orchestra, and the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. He was the primary arranger for Sasha's Bloc, writing arrangements featuring several guest artists including Jane Monheit, Alvin Chea, and Take 6. Deutsch has served on the faculties of Long Beach City College and Cal Poly Pomona and was Vice President of ASMAC (American Society of Arrangers and Composers).
Deutsch has conducted orchestras for Seal, Calabria Foti, and Sasha's Bloc.
One of the young stars in the field of jazz composing and arranging”, Bill Holman (NEA Jazz Master)