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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Listening to Darrell Katz's music, it boggles the mind that he is not celebrated as one of the best jazz composers-arrangers around. He has been creating ambitious and accessible works full of humor, social conscience and creativity for decades in the Boston area with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and other groups, yet you rarely hear ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darrell Katz and OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks

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Darrell Katz è noto per la trentennale direzione della bostoniana Jazz Composers Alliance con cui ha inciso nove dischi ospitando musicisti prestigiosi come Steve Lacy, Muhal Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Sam Rivers o Tim Berne. In questo nuovo album l'orchestra (con Oliver Lake ospite) è però confinata a chiusura del lavoro, appena dopo un brano con il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darrell Katz and OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks

Read "Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Darrell Katz has been working in Boston for over 30 years compiling an impressive body of work as leader of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra whose music has drawn from current events, literary works and anecdotes about Charles Mingus and Albert Einstein among other sources. On this new CD he revisits several of the compositions he's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Why Do You Ride?

Read "Why Do You Ride?" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Why Do You Ride?, a sweeping, poly-stylistic orchestral paean to bicycling, Albert Einstein, a certain orange kitty cat, and wrongly-attributed quotes (among other diverse topics) is the 10th album by Darrell Katz and his Jazz Composers' Alliance (JCA) Orchestra, which is also celebrating its 30th year of existence. Unlike most jazz artists of his generation, Katz--an ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: Cambridge, April 29, 2011

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Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra
YMCA Theater
Cambridge, MA
April 29, 2011
A local community center turned into a forward-thinking artistic venue when the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra ascended the small stage at the Cambridge YMCA.
The JCAO plays original works by a membership drawn from Boston's ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

"Big Bands Afire: Swing to Beyond" kicks off Jazz Week from JazzBoston

"Big Bands Afire: Swing to Beyond" kicks off Jazz Week from JazzBoston

Large ensemble lovers have several options in as many locations for Jazz Week. The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra holds court at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre with an offer to pay the first 50 attendees to show up. The 19 piece JCA Orchestra will present a concert of new music by resident composers David Harris, Jim Hobbs, Darrell Katz, Bob Pilkington, Warren ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: A Wallflower In The Amazon

Read "A Wallflower In The Amazon" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra has been part of the Boston music scene since 1985, and A Wallflower In The Amazon is the eighth album in the group's history. Darrell Katz, the Orchestra's Director, has been involved since the beginning: his arrangements on this album draw on this experience to showcase the individual talents of the ...