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Alec Katz

Alec Katz is a sought after pianist, arranger, producer and educator. Began playing professionally on local scene in Israel in the early 1990's. Worked with visiting artists such as Abraham Burton, Walter Blanding, Valery Ponomarev, Arnie Lawrence and others. In 1996-98 did his studies at The Royal Conservatory, The Hague Holland (Frans Elsen and Barry Harris). While in Europe, Alec has a played and recorded with a some of the best musicians there. Back in Israel performs on major festivals, clubs and concert halls with renowned Israeli musicians as well as with international artists such as: Slide Hampton, Donald Harrison, Eric Alexander, Stefon Harris, Nasheet Waits, Jeanne Bryson, Renee Lee, Dave Cliff, Jean Loup Longnon and others In 2000 has made a recording featuring legendary drummer Billy Hart. In 2003 in New York recorded with the vocalist Simona Arones featuring veteran Jazz/R&B keyboard artist Harry Whitaker Jr. In November 2004 performed with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with the works by Gershwin and Ellington. In the fall of 2009 has produced a tour for renowned bassist Chuck Israels that included master classes and performances with the Chuck Israels Trio. Alec has performed on a major stages in Israel - Eilat and Tel Aviv Jazz festivals, Jerusalem Theater, Einav Music Center, Gerard Bachar Center, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Tel Aviv Museum, Haifa Cinemateque, Camelot, Shablul, Zappa and other clubs and venues around the country. He is also active as educator teaching privately and at Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.


Chuck Israels and Alec Katz

Chuck Israels and Alec Katz

Bassist Chuck Israels and I have become fast pen pals. Every since my interview with Chuck in 2019 (here), he sends along wonderful notes with insights into the historic subjects of my posts. I share many of them with you. Recently, Chuck sent along a thrilling album featuring his trio live at a club in Tel ...


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