Dick Katz

Dick Katz

born on 13/3/1924 in Baltimore, MD, United States

died on 10/11/2009 in Manhattan, NY, United States

Dick Katz

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Dick Katz (March 13, 1924[1] November 10, 2009[2]) was an American jazz pianist, arranger and producer. He freelanced throughout much of his career, and worked in a number of ensembles. He co-founded Milestone Records in 1966 with Orrin Keepnews.

He studied at the Peabody Institute, the Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard. He also took piano lessons from Teddy Wilson. In the 1950s, he joined the house rhythm section of the Café Bohemia, and worked in the groups of Ben Webster and Kenny Dorham, Oscar Pettiford, and, later, Carmen McRae. From 1954 to 1955, he was part of the J. J. Johnson/Kai Winding Quintet. He also worked in Orchestra USA and participated on Benny Carter's Further Definitions album, and worked on some of Helen Merrill's recordings. In the late 60s, he played with Roy Eldridge and Lee Konitz. In the 1990s, he worked as a pianist and arranger with the American Jazz Orchestra and Loren Schoenberg's big band.

Will Friedwald called Katz "a keyboardist of uncommon sensitivity and harmonic acumen."[3] He was the favorite pianist of Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins, as well as vocalists Carmen McRae and Helen Merrill.[4]


As leader

  • 1957: Jazz Piano International (Atlantic)
  • 1960: Piano & Pen (Atlantic)
  • 1965: A Shade of Difference (Milestone Records)
  • 1984: In High Profile (Bee Hive Records)
  • 1992: 3 Way Play (Reservoir Records)
  • 1996: The Line Forms Here

As sideman

  • Kai Winding & J. J. Johnson: Kai And Jay And Bennie Green with Strings (OJC, 195254)
  • Kai Winding & J. J. Johnson: K & J. J. (Bethlehem, 1955)
  • Kenny Dorham: Kenny Dorham And The Jazz Prophets (Chess, 1956)
  • Milt Hinton: East Coast Jazz /5 (Rhino, 1955)
  • Sonny Rollins: Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass, Brass & Trio (Verve, 1958)
  • Benny Carter: Further Definitions (Impulse!, 1961)
  • Ben Webster: Big Ben Time! (Philips, 1963)
  • Lee Konitz: The Lee Konitz Duets (OJC, 1967)
  • Jack DeJohnette: The DeJohnette Complex (1969)
  • Lee Konitz: Satori (OJC, 1974)
  • Lee Konitz Trio: "Oleo" (Sonet Records, 1975)
  • Helen Merrill: Chasin' The Bird (Emarcy, 1979)
  • Jimmy Knepper: Dream Dancing (Criss Cross, 1986)
  • Nancy Harrow: Secrets (Soul Note, 1990/91)
  • Loren Schoenberg: Out Of This World (TBC; 1997)


  1. [Dick Katz at All Music Guide Allmusic]
  2. New York Times obituary
  3. Friedwald, Will (November 2010). A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers., Pantheon..
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