JCA Orchestra at the Lily Pad April 10th, 8PM

JCA ORCHESTRA in concert, Tuesday, April 10, 8PM at The LilyPad in Inman Square.
The Jazz Composers Alliance will present new music by resident composers David Harris, Darrell Katz & Bob Pilkington
Donations are $15, and $10 for students and seniors.

On Tuesday, April 10, at 8PM, the 20-piece JCA Orchestra will present a program of new music for jazz orchestra at The LilyPad, which is at 1353 Cambridge St in Cambridge.
Featured will be new music for jazz orchestra by resident composers trombonists David Harris & Bob Pilkington, Darrell Katz, director of the JCA.
The JCA Orchestra is a gem – the highest caliber musicians deeply dedicated to new territory in large ensemble music.

“This is music for mind and soul.” – Irwin Block, Montreal Gazette

The JCA Orchestra has been a fixture on Boston’s creative music scene since its first performance in December 1985. Dedicated musicianship, innovative programming and fresh compositional concepts make JCA concerts colorful, adventurous, high-energy events. The JCA Orchestra has released 9 critically acclaimed CDs, with its last release, Wheelworks, on the list of Downbeats best albums of 2015. Featured soloists include Rick Stone, Hiro Honshuku, Bill Lowe, Dan Rosenthal, Phil Scarff , Norm Zocher and vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton. “…. every community should have one” says Willard Jenkins of Jazz Times.
Drawing on influences that span the history of jazz and the world’s musical traditions, the JCA composers have brought together a huge palette of sounds, structures and concepts. Many of the band’s featured soloists are bandleaders and composers in their own right, and are among New England’s most creative musicians. The JCA Orchestra was a runner up in 2009’s Boston Phoenix Best of Boston poll. The group has also presented an illustrious group of guest performers including Oliver Lake, Steve Lacy, Dave Holland, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers and many others.
“The band plays with drive and vitality. The soloists responding with imaginative fire to the charts and the ensemble. This is contemporary big band music of a very high order, written and played with considerable skill and integrity”-swing2bop.com/reviews.
“… the JCAO seamlessly moved from composition to improvisation, chordal improvisation to free extemporization,wide-open structure to well-ordered chaos. The music was daring but incredibly disciplined. Even in their wildest abandon, every musician demonstrated self control in the service of expression and musical goals larger than themselves.” Aesthetic, Not Anesthetic Perfesser M. Figg

Darrell Katz

Darrell Katz, director of the Jazz Composers Alliance, helped to found the organization in 1985.

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