Over the past twenty years, Bruce Katz has been an in-demand sideman as well as leader of his own band. He has played and recorded with many of the top names in blues and roots music such as Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Jerry Portnoy, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Mama Thornton, Mighty Sam McClain, Barrence Whitfield, Debbie Davies and many others.
Bruce divides his playing between piano and Hammond B-3 organ and is one of those rare keyboard players who is equally at home on both. He has recently had the honor of becoming a Hammond Endorsee, joining a very select group of organists.
After a particularly long stint of touring in the late '80s with Barrence Whitfield, Bruce decided to break from touring and enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While earning his Master's in Jazz Performance he studied with Geri Allen, Paul Bley, Cecil McBee and George Russell. It was during this time of study while writing his own music that he created The Bruce Katz Band.
In 1992, after meeting Ronnie Earl he was invited to join The Broadcasters. During his nearly five-year stint with Earl, he 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.
During his time with The Broadcasters, Bruce Katz debuted his first solo album Crescent Crawl (AudioQuest) and the following year released Transformation. Just before the release of Mississippi Moan (1997), his third solo album, Katz left The Broadcasters to concentrate on a solo career. At that point, The Bruce Katz Band began touring the U.S. and Europe and has been his primary focus ever since. Bruce's fourth CD, Three Feet Off The Ground (2000) received widespread acclaim and found Bruce featuring his Hammond B3 organ playing more than ever. After signing with Severn Records, he recorded his newly released CD, A Deeper Blue, an album full of original music that showcases both his and his band's exciting and eclectic style.
The Bruce Katz Band maintains an extensive touring schedule throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing clubs and festivals. In addition to performing Katz teaches piano, Hammond organ, and theory at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he developed the school's first ever in-depth Blues History and Analysis course. He has presented History of Blues clinics and Hammond B-3 master classes at a number of festivals both in the U.S. and Europe.
A Deeper Blue, Severn CD 0028
Three Feet Off The Ground, Audioquest
Mississippi Moan, Audioquest
Cresent Crawl, Audioquest