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Darrell Katz

Director of the Jazz Composers Alliance, helped to found the organization after being impressed by the success of other composers collective groups. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Katz has lived in the Boston area since 1975.

Katz has synthesized a wide range of influences including modern classical, folk/blues traditions, and the entire jazz legacy into a mature and personal compositional style which has marked him as “one of Boston's most ambitious and provocative jazz composers” (the Boston Phoenix). This is exemplified, for instance, in his “Variations On A Theme By Jimi Hendrix, combined with his arrangement of “Manic Depression,” which been described as “celebrating the night that Jimi Hendrix and Igor Stravinsky got into a fight while having dinner at Duke Ellington's house.” More recently he has been exploring the relationship of text and music, in a series of collaborations with poet Paula Tatarunis, culminating in the release his improvisational cantata, The Death Of Simone Weil, which features vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton.

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Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks
Jailhouse Doc With...
Self Produced
2016
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Why Do You Ride?
Why Do You Ride?
Leo Records
2015
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Stories
Stories
Cadence Jazz Records
2013
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A Wallflower In The Amazon
A Wallflower In The...
Accurate Records
2010
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The Same Thing
The Same Thing
Cadence Jazz Records
2008
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Celebration of the Spirit
Celebration of the...
CIMP Records
2004
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