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Richard Aaron Katz, 13 March 1924, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. As a young man Katz studied piano as well as music theory at the Peabody Institute of Music and at the University of North Carolina. In the late 40s he resided in New York where, in addition to his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Juilliard School of Music, he studied with Teddy Wilson. In the 50s he worked with several leading jazz artists, including Al Casey, Kenny Dorham, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Carmen McRae, Oscar Pettiford, Tony Scott and Ben Webster. Late in the decade and in the early 60s, he was also associated with Benny Carter, appearing on 1961s Further Definitions, Philly Joe Jones, Helen Merrill, for whom he also wrote arrangements and appeared on 1968s A Shade Of Difference, and Roy Eldridge.
In 1966, with Orrin Keepnews, Katz co-founded Milestone Records. Although deeply involved with record production Katz continued to play piano and...