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Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra

Band, *1985

When The Jazz Composers Alliance was founded in 1985, its agenda included the establishment of an active public forum for the presentation of new jazz works, the creation of the JCA Orchestra, and a concert series that included a visiting composers program. Since then, the JCA initiated the Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, an annual competition promoting the most interesting and progressive work by jazz composers around the world. There have been over 15 resident composers writing for the JCA since its inception. With some of New England's finest improvising musicians in its ranks, the JCA Orchestra has premiered over 120 new pieces by its resident composers along with commissioned works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Marty Ehrlich and Wayne Horvitz; JCA performances have featured collaborations with major jazz recording artists such as Tim Berne, Henry Threadgill, Sam Rivers, Anthony Davis, Bob Moses, Dave Holland, Julius Hemphill, Ricky Ford, Michael Gibbs, Fred Ho, Maria Schneider, and Dave Fiuczysnki; Hemphill and Rivers can be heard on earlier JCA Orchestra albums. The Jazz Composers Alliance also sustains an outreach program in Boston area schools, offering youngsters the chance to create and perform their own compositions with the visiting JCA performers. Current members include: Pablo Bencid, Gary Bohan, Casey Brefka, Allan Chase, Natalie Dietrich, Bill Fanning, David Harris, Hiroaki Honshuku, Jim Hobbs, Melanie Howell, Darrell Katz, Bill Lowe, Ricardo Monzon, Ryo Noritake, Bob Pilkington, Michael Pipeman, Phil Scarff, Warren Senders, Rebecca Shrimpton, Alex Smith, Alec Spiegelman and Norm Zocher.


Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Rats Live On No Evil StarDarrell Katz, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra2018Album
Why Do You Ride?Darrell Katz And Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra2014Album
StoriesJazz Composers Alliance Orchestra2011Album
Celebration of the SpiritJazz Composers Alliance Orchestra2004Album
In, Thru, And OutJazz Composers Alliance Orchestra2003Album
The Death Of Simone WeilDarrell Katz, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Rebecca Shrimpton2002Album
DreamlandDarrell Katz, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra1993Album
FluxJazz Composers Alliance Orchestra1992Album
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