Bruce Katz

"Bruce Katz exhibits unparalleled instrumental mastery. Katz's piano playing...would make Pinetop Perkins proud." —Living Blues Magazine
“He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man he´s a heavy!“ —Gregg Allman

“This man is as good as its gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I´ve ever heard.“ —John Hammond

"Hearing and seeing the Bruce Katz Band live is a special experience. They take you to church in the sense of the gospel experience of rising tides of emotion and jubilation. The sounds of the organ as played by Katz are extremely visceral, rumbling up from the floorboards, through your feel, into your stomach, and you are literally feeling the music" —Roots, Rock and Blues Live

AWARDS

• Bruce Katz is a four time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C.Handy Award) for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year", selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.

• He was inducted into The New York Blues Hall of Fame in November 2013.

• He was a featured performer and writer on Ronnie Earl’s “Grateful Heart” CD which won the DownBeat Blues Album of the Year in 1996.

STYLE

• While Blues remains a core influence, Katz’s music has more singles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, "soul-jazz", jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own.

• He is equally comfortable playing Hammond B-3 organ and Piano, encompassing historical styles as well as current ideas.

• Bruce has an original sound and style all his own. When you hear him you know its him.

TOURING ARTIST

• In the 1980s Bruce was a long time touring keyboardist with Barrence Whitfield and The Savages and toured with Blues legend Big Mama Thornton.

• He toured and recorded as a member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, appearing on six albums with Ronnie Earl from 1992-1997.

• He recently (2007-2013) toured as the keyboardist with the Gregg Allman Band and completed several tours with the Allman Brothers Band.

• He currently tours with the Delbert McClinton Band, Jaimoe´s Jasssz Band and Maria Muldaur. He regularly plays with John Hammond and other artists.

• The Bruce Katz Band has toured the U.S. and European venues and festivals extensively since 1998 to the present.

• Bruce has performed at festivals worldwide, including North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Blues and Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Notodden Blues Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and many, many more.

 

RECORDING ARTIST

• Bruce has released 8 albums as a leader (Bruce Katz Band) and 1 album as a co-leader (Project A).

• He has also played and recorded with many of the leading names in Blues and Roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as Ronnie Earl, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Mingus, Paul Rishell, Might Sam McClain, Debbie Davies, David "Fathead“ Newman and many others.

COMPOSER/WRITER

• In 1992, Katz debuted his first solo album, "Crescent Crawl", on the AudioQuest label. This release as well as his subsequent five CDs feature his original compositions almost exclusively.

• During his nearly five-year stint with Ronnie Earl, Bruce toured the world and performed on six albums, writing and co-writing many of the tunes, such as "The Colour of Love," "Ice Cream Man," and "Hippology." The album

• Recently he has added his name to co-written material for a debut CD for Dana Robins, saxophonist for Delbert McClinton.

INSTRUCTOR

• Taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston for 14 years (1996-2010) in the Harmony and Piano Departments.

• Bruce also conducts Master Classes and clinics in Piano Styles, Hammond B3 and Blues History at schools and music festivals worldwide.

• Teaches private lessons in his studio in New York.

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