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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

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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Performing in Cambridge on February 18

The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra is performing in concert at the YMCA Theatre on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. The JCA will play the music of David Harris, Darrell Katz, Bill Lowe, Bob Pilkington, Warren Senders, Hiro Honshuku and Norm Zocher. Tickets to the concert are $12 general admission and $8 for seniors and students. The YMCA ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Norm Zocher: Cambridge, MA, December 6, 2011

Read "Norm Zocher: Cambridge, MA, December 6, 2011" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

Norm Zocher
Outpost 186
Cambridge, MA
December 6, 2011
Norm Zocher is well known for his guitar work on Boston's forward-thinking jazz scene, as well as gigs with Maria Schneider, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding and local mainstay the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, all between teaching at ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: In, Thru, and Out

Read "In, Thru, and Out" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Jazz Composers Alliance (JCA) Orchestra was formed in 1985 and boasts of having “some of New England’s finest improvising musicians.” That is proved on this live recording. More importantly, the recording shows the compositional skills of resident composers Laura Andel, Warren Senders, David Harris, and Darrell Katz, who is the founder and director of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: In, Thru, And Out

Read "In, Thru, And Out" reviewed by Jim Santella

The exotic title track for this big band recording opens the album with a bang. Screeching trumpets, growling trombones, and a whistling piccolo create a jungle scene that allows for the merging of contemporary orchestral music with those timbres most familiar to a big band. Individual cadenzas weave between powerful ensemble statements. Composers David Harris, Darrell ...