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Dick Katz

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Dick Katz March 13, 1924 – November 10, 2009 was an American jazz pianist, arranger and record 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 1960s, 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" He was the favorite pianist of Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins, as well as vocalists Carmen McRae and Helen Merrill


  • 1 Discography
    • 11 As leader
    • 12 As sideman
  • 2 References


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

With Benny Carter

  • Further Definitions Impulse!, 1961

With Al Cohn

  • Four Brass One Tenor RCA Victor, 1955

With Jack DeJohnette

  • The DeJohnette Complex Milestone, 1969

With Kenny Dorham

  • Kenny Dorham And The Jazz Prophets Chess, 1956

With Nancy Harrow

  • Secrets Soul Note, 1991

With Milt Hinton

  • East Coast Jazz /5 Rhino, 1955

With Jimmy Knepper

  • Dream Dancing Criss Cross, 1986

With Lee Konitz

  • The Lee Konitz Duets Milestone, 1967
  • Peacemeal Milestone, 1969
  • Satori Milestone, 1974
  • Oleo Sonet, 1975
  • Chicago 'n All That Jazz Groove Merchant, 1975

With Carmen McRae

  • Something to Swing About Kapp, 1959

With Helen Merrill

  • "The feeling is mutual" 1965
  • Chasin' The Bird Emarcy, 1979

With James Moody

  • The Blues and Other Colors Milestone, 1969

With Joe Newman

  • I'm Still Swinging RCA Victor, 1955

With Oscar Pettiford

  • The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi Volume Two ABC-Paramount, 1957

With Jimmy Raney

  • Jimmy Raney featuring Bob Brookmeyer ABC-Paramount with Bob Brookmeyer

With Sonny Rollins

  • Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass Metrojazz, 1957

With Loren Schoenberg

  • Out Of This World TBC; 1997

With Ben Webster

  • Big Ben Time! Philips, 1963

With Kai Winding and J J Johnson

  • Kai and Jay and Bennie Green with Strings OJC, 1952–54
  • K + JJ Bethlehem, 1955
  • Dave Brubeck and Jay & Kai at Newport Columbia, 1956
  • Jay and Kai Columbia, 1957


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ New York Times obituary
  3. ^ Friedwald, Will November 2010 A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers Pantheon ISBN 0-375-42149-1 
  4. ^ "Octojazzarian profile: Dick Katz" Jazzcom 2008-12-22 Archived from the original on 2011-09-18 

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