JCA ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT SATURDAY, February 18,
8 PM AT YMCA Theater in Cambridge. Premier of “Wheelworks”
“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.
“This is music for mind and soul.” — Irwin Block, Montreal Gazette
On Saturday, February 18th, at 8 pm, at the Cambridge YMCA Theater, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, the Jazz Composers Alliance will present a program of new creative music featuring compositions for the 19-piece JCA Orchestra by resident composers Jim Hobbs, Darrell Katz, Bill Lowe, Bob Pilkington, and Norm Zocher. Tickets are $12, and $8 for seniors and students.
The concert will premiere Katz’s second improvisational cantata, Wheelworks, an 8-movement piece built around quotations of Albert Einstein concerning bicycles and the nature of life, learning, war, and peace. Featured will be singer Rebecca Shrimpton, who All About Jazz describes as, “...a simply exquisite vocalist.... She knows how to get the pulse and tick of every word.”
Willard Jenkins of Jazz Times says about the JCA Orchestra that “.... every community should have one”.
“… 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.” – Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
“… 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