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Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Concert -- October 18, 2015
(Published: October 16, 2015)

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Concert, with full orchestra. Sunday October 18, 2015, 3pm. General admission $12, $8 students/seniors. Cambridge YMCA, 820 Massachusette Avenue, Cambridge 02139. Further info.: (781) 899-3130, info@jazzcomposersalliance.org, www.jazzcomposersalliance.org.

The first concert of the season, to be held in mid-October at the Cambridge YMCA, will feature the full JCA Orchestra, performing new and recent compositions by Darrell Katz, Bob Pilkington, David Harris, Norm Zocher, and Mimi Rabson.

The full Orchestra at the Cambridge Y will include Rebecca Shrimpton (vocals), Hiro Honshuku (flute/EWI), Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin), Lance Van Lenten (alto sax), Greg Floor (alto sax), Phil Scarff (tenor sax), Melanie Howell (bari sax), Forbes Graham (trumpet), Jeff Perry (trumpet), Jim Mosher (french horn), Bob Pilkington (trombone), Jason Camelio (trombone), Bill Lowe (tuba), Norm Zocher, (guitar), Vessala Stoyanova (vibes), Mina Cho (vibes), Bruno RÃ¥berg (bass), Royal Hartigan (drums) Gilbert Mansour (percussion).

Further background information on JCA:

The Jazz Composers Alliance (JCA) was founded in 1985, its agenda including the establishment of an active public forum for the presentation of new jazz works, the creation of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, and a concert series that included a visiting composers program. Since then, the JCA has released ten CDs, and had created the Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, a competition which ran for ten years, promoting the most interesting and progressive work by jazz composers around the world. JCA also initiated an intermittent outreach program in Boston area schools, which has offered youngsters the chance to create and perform their own compositions with the visiting JCA performers.

There have been over 20 resident composers writing for the JCA since its inception. With some of New England's finest improvising musicians in its ranks, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra has premiered over 1200 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, Oliver Lake, Steve Lacey, Ricky Ford, Michael Gibbs, Fred Ho, Maria Schneider, and Dave Fiuczysnki. Hemphill and Rivers can be heard on earlier Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra albums.

The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, led by Darrell Katz, recently released their latest "Why Do You Ride?" recording, praised by "All About Jazz" as being "polished and damn near perfect" and going on to say that the record reveals "Katz' dry, pithy sense of humor. While fans of traditional big band jazz may be perplexed or put off by the stylistic diversity ... its varied textures and continually shifting stylistic approach may well please those more attuned to the post-modern sounds of contemporary jazz usually played by much smaller bands."

More Information: http://www.jazzcomposersalliance.org/home

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