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OddSong, the new Jazz Composer's Alliance New Music Ensemble
(Published: March 06, 2017)

The Creative Music Series & The Jazz Composers Alliance Present:
Darrell Katz and OddSong
Thursday, April 6, 21017, 8:00 PM
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge, St, Inman Sq., Cambridge, MA
$15; Seniors/Students: $10
OddSong is a unique ensemble put together by composer and director of the Jazz Composers Alliance (JCA) Darrell Katz. This group began as the JCA Sax Quartet, (which has always had, including vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton, five members), and was expanded to include violin and marimba. They will be performing bold and adventurous new music an engaging ensemble that will have you imagining how to categorize the band.
This adventurous multi-stylistic music with a wide range of influences and directions: blues, contemporary chamber music, Jazz, tango, collective improvisation, world music, and more are all part of it. The Jazz Composers Alliance has been presenting exciting new music since 1985.
The performers are:
Alto saxophones: Jim Hobbs and Rick Stone
Tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophone: Phil Scarff
Baritone Saxophone and bass clarinet: Melanie Howell Brooks
Violin and piano: Helen Sherrah-Davies
Vibraphone and Marimba: Vessela Stoyanova
Voice: Rebecca Shrimpton
Music is by Darrell Katz, with additional music by Helen Sherrah-Davies. One of OddSong's and Darrell Katz's more recent pieces, "Outta Horn" celebrates the night John Coltrane ran out of horn.

OddSong's crtically acclaimed first CD, Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks, was released October, 2016. "...Darrell Katz and the various JCA groups have been quietly putting out excellent music for some time. This is one of their finest efforts." Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz
"...Darrell Katz has made a name as an imaginative and innovative composer, and this collection can only increase his reputation, such is his ability to create so many atmospheres and textures over the space of one record." Downbeat, Simon Scott
"...Singer Rebecca Shrimpton has a soprano voice that combines the intimacy of a jazz singer with the purity of tone one normally associates with trained sopranos...This is, without question, one of the most fascinating jazz albums of 2016..."- Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge
"This is music for mind and soul." - Irwin Block, Montreal Gazette
"... one of Boston's most ambitious and provocative jazz composers."-The Boston Phoenix.
"Over his career and small discography, bandleader Darrell Katz has forged an identity as a progressive and creative orchestrator of new music in a way that few can claim. Beyond the modern signatures of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, the style of Katz is best known not only for jagged edges and vast colors of the musical spectrum as much as direct correlations to tradition. All Music, Michael G. Nastos
For further information: Producer: The Creative Music Series (Alex Lemski arlemski@comcast.net; 617/800-7255.
The Jazz Composers Alliance and OddSong, dkatz1@comcast.net; http://darrellkatz.com or www.jazzcomposersalliance.org; 781 /899-3130.

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