JP Schlegelmilch is a Brooklyn-based pianist, accordionist, electric keyboardist and composer. Born in New Hampshire, JP began instruction in classical piano at age 6 and went on to study music at Berklee College of Music and SUNY Purchase. After moving to Brooklyn in 2006, JP began performing with his own groups and has also had the opportunity to perform with some of New York’s most esteemed improvising musicians.
JP’s current projects include the indie-jazz-folk ensemble Old Time Musketry, which features his unique approach to the accordion as well as piano and electric keyboards. The band’s first album “Different Times” was released in 2012 and received much critical acclaim, including a 4-star review in Downbeat magazine. It was also mentioned on several “Best Albums of 2013” lists by journalists George Grella and Tom Hull.
In 2013 JP released his first solo piano recording, “Throughout”, which focused on the compositions of iconic guitarist Bill Frisell. The album was called “a warm and elegant new solo effort" by Time Out New York, and was mentioned on a “Best Jazz Albums of 2013” list on the Big City Blog.
In addition to his own groups, JP has toured with the indie-classical chamber group Fireworks Ensemble; performed with avant-jazz legend Tim Berne; and played on the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild. JP also frequently plays with rock bands and has toured the country with the chamber-pop group The Silent League, and the indie rock singer Abby Payne.
In each musical project JP seeks to synthesize his diverse musical interests, creating a personal and non-genre-specific music. He strives to continually enrich his musical language through studying various musical traditions including jazz, experimental music, classical music, and folk music from around the world.