Thread: Bruce Katz - Beacon Guest

RobFilmMusic - 4/9/2007 at 06:40 AM

So, I was reading thru the setlist for 4/5/07 and noticed Bruce's name popped up as a guest. Bruce was one of college professors back then in 2003. I had harmony 3 with him, which was sort of advanced jazz modal harmony and it had an extensive blues section which he taught. A real treat in his class was him playing examples on piano for us. Things were much easier to understand when you heard him play them. I'd have to say for my core music classes, Bruce was one of the best teachers I had. He always took the time to make sure concepts were getting thru to everyone and that everyone enjoyed the class. I've actually posted some of my notes from his class down in the shop talk forum for those of you who check down there. One of best moments in his class was my final project which was a tune I had to write using the techniques we had learned. Bruce gave me high remarks and i'm damn proud of it. In fact i still have it around.

I'm not sure if he got a solo at the Beacon but the guy can play piano and he's a helluva B3 player.

Go to his band's website here:

he's got some MP3s up from his albums that you can sample. The guitar player on Three Feet Off the Ground (Julian Kasper) was my former guitar teacher as well. He's sat in with Warren a couple of times I believe.

Here's his bio

Rarely does a musician display brilliant dexterity, coupled with sparks of creativity, equally in both blues and jazz. One such rare bird is Bruce Katz, who not only meets these characteristics, but excels in his understanding of the genres and unleashes the strongest assets of each.

Best known as a member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Katz took up music at age five when he outperformed his sister at the classical pieces she was assigned for piano lessons. Discovering classic jazz and a Bessie Smith record planted the seeds of a passion for jazz and blues.

In the early '80s his first major supporting gig was Big Mama Thornton; he then worked and toured with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Adams, and Tiger Okoshi. Burned out from life on the road, he enrolled at New England Conservatory, earning a master's degree in jazz. Five months after graduation, he met Ronnie Earl, who hired Katz.

During the nearly five-year stint with Earl, Katz performed on six CDs, and also co-wrote songs with Earl, some of which were "The Colour of Love," "Ice Cream Man," and "Hippology." In 1992, Katz debuted his first solo album Crescent Crawl, then the following year, released Transformation. Just before the release of Mississippi Moan, Katz left the Broadcasters to concentrate on a solo career. In addition to performing, Katz teaches piano and taught the first ever in-depth blues course at Berklee College. His album roster includes 1993's Transformation, 1997's Mississippi Moan, 2000's Three Feet to the Ground with Deeper Blue following in 2004.

RobFilmMusic - 4/9/2007 at 05:48 PM

* bump for bruce

mmertens - 4/9/2007 at 11:05 PM

Thanks, Rob. I was wondering who he is. Can't wait to hear that show.

lolasdeb - 4/9/2007 at 11:14 PM

He played on a few tunes in the 4/2 show, also, and just kicked butt on the piano! Very good player!

JDDjd - 4/9/2007 at 11:22 PM

Great info. I was there that night and was wondering. Anybody know who the drummer who sat in was?

lolasdeb - 4/9/2007 at 11:25 PM

If you're talking 4/5, here's the setlist with players:

ABB BEACON 4/05/2007

Canít Lose What You Never Had
Ainít Wastiní Time No More
One Way Out *
Statesboro Blues *
All Along The Watchtower **
Feeling Alright ***


Black Hearted Woman
Done Somebody Wrong ****
The Sky Is Crying *****
Crossroads ******
Les Brers In A Minor

No One To Run With

* Vince Esquire on Guitar
** Dave Mason on Guitar and Vocals, Bruce Katz on Piano
*** Dave Mason on Guitar and Vocals, Bruce Katz on Piano, Kerry Bell on Drums
**** Luther Dickinson on Guitar
***** Leslie West on Guitar and Vocals, Bruce Katz on Piano
****** Leslie West on Guitar and Vocals, Bruce Katz on Piano, Craith Haynes on Drums

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