1950 to 2000
March 13, 1924
November 10, 2009
New York, New York, United States
Dick Katz (March 13, 1924 - November 10, 2009) was an American jazz pianist and arranger. He freelanced throughout much of his career, and worked in a number of ensembles including The Ray Ellington Quartet who were the regular in house band for The Goons. 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.