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Bruce Katz
Over the past twenty years, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band. He has played and recorded with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, such as Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Jerry Portnoy, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Big Mama Thornton, Mighty Sam McClain, Debbie Davies, David "Fathead" Newman and many others.
 
After a particularly long stint of touring in the late 80's with Barrence Whitfield, he decided to come off the road and enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a Master's degree in Jazz Performance and studied with Geri Allen, Paul Bley, Cecil McBee and George Russell. It was during this time that he conceived of and started writing music that became the Bruce Katz Band. Five months after graduation, he met Ronnie Earl, who soon invited him to join his band, The Broadcasters. During his nearly five-year stint with Earl, Katz 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 Grateful Heart (Bullseye) won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best Blues Album of 1996.
 
In 1992, Katz debuted his first solo album, Crescent Crawl, on the AudioQuest label. He released "Transformation" the following year. Just before the release of Mississippi Moan, his third solo album, Katz left the Broadcasters to concentrate on a solo career. At that point, the Bruce Katz Band began touring the USA and Europe, and has been his primary focus. His CD release in 2000, Three Feet Off The Ground found Bruce featuring his Hammond B-3 organ playing more than ever.
 
In addition to performing, Katz teaches piano, Hammond organ and theory at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and teaches the first ever in-depth blues history/analysis course there as well. He also conducts Master Classes in Hammond B-3 and Blues History, which he has done at various music festivals worldwide.
contact: bruce@brucekatzband.com
homepage: www.brucekatzband.com
myspace www.myspace.com/thebrucekatzband
on tour Click on the logo to see Bruce's tour dates.

 

Discography
Crescent Crawl
AudioQuest AQ-CD1012
recorded May 1992 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Bruce Katz, organ, piano
Marty Ballou, bass
Lorne Entress, drums
Bob Malach, tenor sax
Kevin Barry, guitar
Still River
AudioQuest AQ-CD1018
recorded February 1993 in New York, NY/USA
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Laurence Etkin, trumpet
Anders Gaardmand, sax
Bruce Katz, organ, piano
Rod Carey, bass
Per Hanson, drums
Transformation
AudioQuest AQ-CD1026
recorded November 1993 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Bruce Katz, organ, piano
Kevin Barry, guitar
Tom Hall, tenor sax
David Clark, bass
Lorne Entress, drums
Junior Homrich, percussion
Blues And Forgiveness
Crosscut CCD 11042
recorded live 1993 in Bremen/Germany
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Bruce Katz, organ, piano
Rod Carey, bass
Per Hanson, drums
Keep On Movin'
AudioQuest Music AQ-CD1031
recorded August 1994 in Bearsville, NY/USA
Mighty Sam McClain, vocals
Ole Mathisen, tenor sax
Scott Shetler, tenor sax
Scott Shetler, baritone sax
Joe Casano, trumpet
Walter Platt, trumpet
Walter Platt, horn
Kevin Barry, guitar
Bruce Katz, organ
Dave Limina, organ
Paul Bryan, bass
Zac Casher, drums
Language Of The Soul
Bullseye Blues BB 9954
released 1994
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Paul Ahlstrand, tenor sax
Kevin Watson, tenor sax
Ed O'Brien, guitar
Adrienne Hayes, guitar
Bruce Katz, piano, Hammond organ
Rod Carey, bass
Per Hanson, drums
Grateful Heart
Bullseye Blues BB 9565
recorded June 1995 in Carlisle, MA/USA
Ronnie Earl, guitar
David 'Fathead' Newman, tenor sax
Bruce Katz, piano, B3 organ
Rod Carey, bass
Per Hanson, drums
Mississippi Moan
AudioQuest Music AQ-1047

Bruce Katz, piano, organ
Julien Kasper, guitar
Tom Hall, tenor sax, baritone sax
Mike Costello, harmonica
Mark Poniatowski, bass
Ralph Rosen, drums
The Color Of Love
Verve Records 314 537 562 2
recorded in Carlisle, MA/USA
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Bruce Katz, piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Gregg Allman, vocals, Hammond B-3 organ
Rod Carey, bass
Per Hanson, drums
Marc Quinones, drums, percussion
Jaimoe, drums
Three Feet Off The Ground
AudioQuest Music AQ-1056

Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Duke Robillard, guitar
Julien Kasper, guitar
Blake Newman, bass
Ralph Rosen, drums
Soul Survivor
AudioQuest Music AQ-1053
recorded between 1992 and 1997
compilation
Mighty Sam McClain, vocals
Kevin Barry, guitar
Julien Kasper, guitar
Ted DeCola, tenor sax
Kenny Wenzel, trombone
Joe Golindo, trombone
Walter Platt, trumpet
Joe Casano, trumpet
Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ
Michael Rivard, bass
Tim Ingles, bass
Ted "Teddy B" Bukowski, bass
Lorne Entress, drums
Zac Casher, drums
A Deeper Blue
Severn Records CD-0028
recorded December 2003 in Acton, MA/USA
Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Michael Williams, guitar
Rod Carey, bass
Ralph Rosen, drums
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Heart And Soul
Shout! Factory 10061
compilation
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Adrienne Hayes, guitar
Eddie O'Brien, guitar
Duke Robillard, guitar
Kaz Kazanoff, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax
Greg Piccolo, tenor sax
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax
Doug James, baritone sax
Bob Enos, trumpet
Ron Levy, organ, piano
Dave Limina, organ, piano
Bruce Katz, Hammond organ, piano
Tony Zamagni, organ
Anthony Geraci, keyboards
Matt McCabe, piano
Rod Carey, bass
Steve Gomes, bass
Jimmy Mouradian, bass
Mudcat Ward, bass
Jesse Williams, bass
John Rossi, drums
Lorne Entress, drums
Neil Gouvin, drums
Per Hanson, drums
Darrell Nulisch, vocals
Kim Wilson, harmonica, vocals
Live! At The Firefly
VizzTone BDMCD1001
recorded April 2008 live at the club Firefly in Ann Arbor, MI/USA
Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Bruce Katz, organ, piano
Chris Vitarello, guitar
Rod Carey, bass
Ralph Rosen, drum
Project A
Anzic Records 6101

Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Joel Frahm, tenor sax
Jay Collins, baritone sax
Kenny Rampton, trumpet
Chris Vitarello, guitar
Jerry Jemmott, bass
Marty Ballou, bass
Ralph Rosen, drums
Lorne Entress, drums
Homecoming
American Showplace Music ASM1114
recorded 2014 in Dover, NJ/USA
Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Ralph Rosen, drums
Chris Vitarello, guitar, vocals
John Hammond, guitar, vocals
Randy Ciarlante, drums, vocals
Marty Ballou, bass
Peter Bennett, bass
Out From The Center
American Showplace Music ASM 7330
recorded 2016 in Dover, NJ/USA
Bruce Katz, organ
Ralph Rosen, drums
Chris Vitarello, guitar, vocals
Jimmy Bennett, guitar
Peter Bennett, bass
Get Your Groove
American Showplace Music ASM 6465
recorded in USA
Bruce Katz, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Ray Hangen, drums
Matt Raymond, bass
Chris Vitarello, guitar

 
Videos
Soul Searching For The Blues
recorded 1999 & 2000 in USA
Bruce Katz, Hammond organ
Julien Kasper, guitar
Blake Newman, bass
Ralph Rosen, drums

 
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