What Alec has, is the ability to operate beyond the superficial and to think about music the way the most creative and communicative musicians do – Chuck Israels
I started teaching back in the ’90s while being a music student myself. Since then teaching music became an important part of my musical life alongside with performing. recording, producing and composing.
I have been fortunate to play with the great musicians like Slide Hampton, Arnie Lawrence, Walter Blanding, Donald Harrison, Lee Konitz, Claudio Roditi, Billy Hart, Harry Whitaker, Chuck Israels, Kevin Mahogany and I have learned much from that experience.
Meeting and studying with a legendary jazz pianist and educator Barry Harris, in the late ’90s had much impact on me. It helped to open up my musical thinking and changed my whole perspective on harmony, rhythm, improvisation and jazz language. Another important figure for me was veteran Dutch pianist Frans Elsen who was my mentor at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague and become a dear friend.
Today I try to pass on to my students the experience knowledge I have earned over the years. I want to give them the right direction in music to make it easier for them to become better musicians and open up their creative potentials.
Many of my students have continued their studies at the jazz programs of respected universities worldwide and build successful international music careers making a contribution to the music scene.
I teach jazz piano, harmony, improvisation, music theory, arranging and composing and I instruct small and large ensembles. I have written dozens of jazz piano and ensemble arrangements, transcribed solos, harmonic and melodic exercises, and other educational material.
Since 2008 I work at The Israel Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv, The Center for Jazz Studies (New School University academic program) and at Rimon School of Music where I am serving as a Head of Piano Department.
Alec is available for group workshops, clinics, improvisation and theory classes for all instruments and private lessons.
To contact Alec please visit the contact page
CARAVAN (by Juan Tizol, arrangement Alec Katz)
CJS Ensemble. July 2018
Noam Bialik – tenor sax, Tomer Cohen – guitar, Dana Saba-David – piano, Lior Nachmias – bass, Hadar Rozenberg – drums
Looking Forward (composed & arranged by Alec Katz)
ICM Jazz Ensemble, June 2018
Yehonatan Tenenbaum – trumpet, Maayan Baras – clarinet, Ido Levensberg – tenor sax, Itay Raiten – bariton sax, Itamar Miron – piano, Yaniv Geber – guitar, Roy Markovitch – bass, Itay Zinger – drums
NICA’S DREAM (by Horace Silver)
CJS Ensemble 2016
Itai Golberg – tenor sax, Alon Hod – guitar, Eden Gershtenkorn – piano, Ron Gavriely – bass, Bar Levi – drums
The Center For jazz Studies, The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv. January 31, 2016
Shir Baemtza Ha-Laila (The Midnight Song)
by Nathan Zach & Yoni Rechter, arr by Alec Katz
ICM Jazz Ensemble 2017
Shahar Tabuch – voice, Guy Haimovitch – ten.sax, Nir Yaari – trombone, Tomer Cohen, Udi Horvitz – guitars, Denis Levin – bass, Ido Tzur – drums, Alec Katz – piano, arrangement & music direction
Ojos de Rojo (by Cedar Walton)
CJS Ensemble 2014-15
Erez Levy – alto sax, Zohar Mokedy – tenor sax, Boaz Marve – guitar, Alec Katz -piano, Menahem Welt – bass, Dor Kalmar – drums
The Center for Jazz Studies, Israel Conservatory, Tel Aviv. June 2015
Bebe (by Heremeto Pascoal, arranged by Alec Katz).
ICM Latin Jazz Ensemble 2014-2015
at The Wix Auditorium, Weizman Institute on February 25, 2015
Matan Levi (trumpet), Yoav Miron (alto sax), Omri Wertheimer, Yam Tawashi (tenor saxes), Nir Yaari (trombone), On Kadosh (guitar), Eden Gerzshtenkorn (piano), Imry Ziv (bass), Orian Rosenzweig (drums), Alec Katz (arranger, melodica, piano)