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Phil Scarff

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Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff performs Indian classical music and jazz, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensembles, Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. World-jazz appearances include India's JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; PANAFEST, Ghana's major international festival; the Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada; the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Indian classical performances include India's famed Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior); Nehru Center, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. and Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre (Mumbai); Saptak School of Music (Ahmedabad); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata); ICCR Theater and India Habitat Centre (Delhi); and JKK (Jaipur)

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Darrell Katz & OddSong: Galeanthropolgy

Read "Galeanthropolgy" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


OddSong is a chamber ensemble led by composer Darrell Katz, and distilled from the membership of the larger JCA Orchestra. It features vibraphone, violin, saxophones and voice, on music which veers between art songs and bluesy sax-led jazz tunes. Most of Katz's original compositions on this album feature poems by his late wife, poet Paula Tatarunis, ...

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Galeanthropolgy

Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Flotsametrics; Guiding Narrative; Women Talking; Outta Horn; Galeanthropology; I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger; Sweet Baby James; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Belly Button Window; Error Status; The Red Blues; I've Got It Bad and that Ain't Good; Microtonal/Dirty Water; New Prayer.

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The JCA Orchestra: Live At The BPC

Read "Live At The BPC" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The JCA Orchestra has been an important part of the Boston jazz scene since it formed in 1985. Several of its recordings are dominated by the compositions of its leader, Darrell Katz, but this live concert from the Berklee Performance Center features works by several orchestra members other than Katz and gives a fuller picture of ...

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Faces of Souls, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Meltdown 2. Sisyphus 3. Consecreation 4. Greta 5. Of the People 6. Lament for the City 7. Faces of Souls

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Live At The BPC

Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Romanpole; The Latest; The Sixth Snake; Orange, Yellow, Blue; A Wallflower in the Amazon; Super Eyes - Private Heroes.

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Faces Of Souls

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Meldtown; Sisyphus; Consecration; Greta; Of The People; Lament for the City; Faces of Souls.

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Darrell Katz: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La bostoniana Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra è un ampio organico diretto da Darrell Katz e composto da musicisti legati a vario titolo con il New England Conservatory e il Berklee College of Music. Nei suoi trent'anni di attività ha pubblicato una decina di album caratterizzati dal coniugare entro forme compositive complesse e rigorose (con molti ...

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Democratic Vistas

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Franklin's Wager 2. Dreaming 3. Samba313 4. De-Evolution Blues 5 through 14 The Swamp-a-Rama Suite 15. No Walls (Prelude) 16. No Walls (Finale)

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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 ...


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