Bobby Deitch began his love for music at the age of 5. His eclectic musical taste was attributed to the fact that several genres of music were played in the Deitch household, on a daily basis. His father, Max was an avid big band jazz fan, played albums From the vocal music of Frank Sinatra to the great big bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Bobby’s Mother, Betty was an avid Beatles fan. His sister, Carol often had 1950s doo wop playing on the turntable, listening to artists such as Fats Domino and his brother Michael was the ultimate connoisseur of classical music.

Bobby gravitated to drums by age 8. At age 8 Bobby’s uncle Dave Abrams, a well-known professional drummer and vocalist was an early influence on Bobby’s early musical development and by age 11 his parents purchased his first drum kit. By age 12 in 1965, the Beatles were at the pinnacle of their success in America and they were a huge influence on Bobby who, like several other young Beatle fans started a band with a few of his classmates, and performed with them throughout both middle and high school. It was then that Bobby picked up both guitar and keyboard, learning the chords to Beatle songs, and then took an interest in songwriting, composing songs of his own.
After graduating high school in 1971, Bobby focused on studying music more seriously and moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. There he began to work on all aspects of music such as composition, harmony, ear training and counterpoint with some of the best instructors in the business. His drumming took new heights when studying first with Boston Symphony percussionist Fred Buda and then drum set study with renowned drummer Alan Dawson (also Tony Williams teacher). During his time studying at Berklee he had reached the highest level given to a Berklee drum student by being asked to join the Thursday Night Dues Band under the direction of trombonist Phil Wilson. The “Dues Band” afforded Bobby the early opportunity to perform with many future jazz greats. Bobby also performed as drummer in both of Berklee’s guitar and trombone ensembles. It was not uncommon for Bobby to perform with several Berklee faculty members and was often recommended to substitute for faculty members on high profile gigs.
In the Spring of 1972 in a fortuitous turn of events, Bobby auditioned for a four piece lounge band and was given the gig, and through the keyboardist met a fellow student, drummer Denise Hettinger. They dated throughout the Summer of 1972 and later married in the Winter of 1974.
Bobby has performed on drums on several recordings such as pianist/composer Richard Sorce’s acclaimed Latin album “A Place I’ve Never Been” and guitarist/Berklee faculty member Richie Hart’s “331/3” album.
As a songwriter, Bobby has composed a massive catalog of songs and radio commercials. The title track from his 1996 Winter holiday release “Joyful Time” is currently receiving worldwide airplay and his soulful 2017 album release, Grateful, features 11 of his original songs with his own band (Bobby Deitch band) and also includes his son, Grammy nominated Adam Deitch and wife Denise, Grammy Award winning vocalist/producer Nigel Hall as well as several well-known artists including Meters bassist George Porter jr., pianist Jon Cleary, Beyonce/Nth Power drummer Nikki Glaspie, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno and Lettuce guitarist Adam Smirnoff among several other prominent musicians.

 

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