Bruce Katz

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Bruce Katz (born August 19, 1952)[1] is an American musician, playing piano, organ and bass guitar. From 1996 - 2010, he was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston as an associate professor.[1]


Katz began playing classical piano at the age of 5. He commenced his professional musical career playing piano and bass guitar with various bands in Baltimore. He then decided to concentrate on piano and Hammond organ, and in particular, jazz and blues music. After studying music at the Berklee College of Music and playing primarily jazz in Boston, he got the opportunity to play bass guitar for Big Mama Thornton.[1] This reconnected him with his love of the blues, which has been his main musical genre since that time. From that band, Katz moved on to play with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages.[1] While in this band, Katz had the opportunity to tour all over Europe and the U.S., playing clubs, festivals and making television appearances.

From Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Katz moved on to playing organ and piano as well as writing and co-writing material for Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.[1] By this time, Katz had been on several different recording sessions with the bands he had played with as well as special guesting on sessions for other artists.

While with Ronnie Earl, Katz had not only formed his own band and began recording on the Sledgehammer Blues (formerly AudioQuest Music) label but was still maintaining the touring schedule with the Broadcasters. After leaving the Broadcasters in 1997 to concentrate on the Bruce Katz Band, Katz has maintained his own touring schedule, and released a total of six albums,[1] while also recording and touring with many other artists, such as Delbert McClinton, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Debbie Davies, David "Fathead" Newman, John Hammond and others.

From 2007 - 2013, Katz was a regular member of Gregg Allman and Friends,[1]In 2011 he joined Delbert McClinton's Band and continues to play with him, Delbert McClinton the John Hammond Quartet and continues to tour with his own group, The Bruce Katz Band. He also toured in 2009 and 2011 with the Allman Brothers, playing piano.[1] He is a 2008, 2009 and 2010 Blues Music Award nominee for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year". In 2009 he also released an album that he co-lead with saxophonist Joel Frahm, called Project A.[1] It was an instrumental tribute to Aretha Franklin, featuring a nine piece band, including Franklin's original bassist and current Gregg Allman Band bassist Jerry Jemmott. He has appeared on various albums in recent years as a sideman or member of the band, such as the Delbert and Glen album, "Blind Crippled and Crazy" and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band's "Renaissance Man". In 2011, Katz co-founded a band called the CKS Band (Ciarlante, Katz and Sharrard) with Scott Sharrard and Randy Ciarlante.


Title Release Record label
Crescent Crawl 1992 AudioQuest Music[2]
Transformation 1994 AudioQuest Music[3]
Mississippi Moan 1997 AudioQuest Music[4]
Three Feet Off The Ground 2000 AudioQuest Music[5]
A Deeper Blue 2004 Severn Records
Live! At the Firefly 2008 Brown Dog Music / VizzTone
Project A 2009 Anzic Records


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ham, Char (1952-08-19). "Bruce Katz - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Crescent Crawl". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Transformation". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mississippi Moan". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Three Feet Off The Ground". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

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