Thursday, October 4, 2018

GET YOUR GROOVE from the Bruce Katz Band as the CD Release Tour Hits Florida Music Hot Spots

Touring Florida October 10-21, 2018.
Catch the band LIVE in St. Pete, Sarasota, 
Buckingham, Delray Beach, Stuart, Cocoa Beach, 
Punta Gorda and Jacksonville Beach!
Groovin' Across Florida in October!
Bruce Katz, renowned Hammond B-3 organist/keyboardist and four-time Blues Music Award nominee, and his Bruce Katz Band, embark on their 'Get Your Groove! Florida' Tour, with a local performance at The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL, Thursday, October 11. Showtime‪ 7:00p.m.. Tickets: No cover. Info:  (727) 821-2533 or visit Always a fine time to be had in the courtyard downtown.

Then, down the coast to the Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota, FL, Friday, October 12. Showtime‪ 7:00p.m.. Tickets: $10. Info:  (941)-388-7539 or visit Good eats, too.

The groove continues south to The World Famous Buckingham Blues Bar, 5641 Buckingham Road, Ft. Myers FL, Saturday, October 13. Showtime‪ 8:00p.m.. Tickets: $10. Info:  (239) 693-7111 or visit Be sure to step out back and say "hi" to Bucky!

Then, it's across Alligator Alley for a concert venue show at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach FL, Sunday, October 14. Showtime‪ 7:00p.m.. Tickets: $30-40. Info:  (561-450-6357 or visit This is a BYOA (Bring Your Own ANYTHING) venue, so pack accordingly!

Back across the Glades! Find them next at Two Brothers Hoodoo Lounge, 4300 Kings Highway, Unit 45, Port Charlotte FL, Thursday, October 18. Showtime‪ 8:00p.m.. Tickets: $5. Info:  (941) 677-0290 or visit Give a nod to Big Lou for getting them into the schedule.

Been to Terra Fermata yet?  Here's your reason for your fist, or next visit! Find them at 26 SE 6th Street, Stuart FL, Friday, October 19. Showtime‪ 7:00p.m.. Tickets: $5. Info:  (772) 286-5252 or visit Get to town early and take a look-see around downtown. Worth it! NOTES Wine Bar is only a five-minute walk away if are looking for a bite and sip prior to the show...

Now, UP the coast to a gig that testifies to the talent of this group. Not just anybody gets on the stage at Heidi’s Jazz Club, 186 Minutemen Causeway FL, Saturday, October 20. Showtime‪ 8:30p.m.. Tickets: $20. Info:  (321) 783-4559 or visit This is Florida's last true jazz club and the dining experience is exquisite. I'm not kidding when I say to RSVP, ASAP.

One last chance, as these birds fly north, until returning for the spring tour! Blue Jay Listening Room, 2457 B South Third Street, Jacksonville FL, Sunday, October 21. Showtime‪ 8:00p.m.. Tickets: $20. Info:  (904) 834-1315 or visit

Bruce KatzBruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 10 CDs as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CDs with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Butch Trucks, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others.  

He has also had a strong musical connection with the Allman Brothers Band, having been a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years (2007-2013), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (2010-2015), Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band (2015-2017) and Les Brers. Bruce also occasionally toured with the Allman Brothers as well.  Jaimoe is a special guest on the new release, playing on several tunes

He is a four time BMA nominee (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015) for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” award, which is the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys”. He was also nominated by Living Blues Magazine for “Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)” award in 2015.  

His new CD, “Get Your Groove!” (American Showplace Music) has just been released and features many new original tunes, both vocal and instrumental.  It continues the evolution of the band’s music from the traditional Blues and “Soul-Jazz” it is already known for into the improvisational “jam blues” and roots music he has explored as a member of the various Allman Brothers “family bands.”  

The Bruce Katz Band is an original, very exciting group of musicians that features an accessible, soulful approach to the blues and jam traditions.  The band features his virtuosic Hammond B3 and piano play-ing as well as Chris Vitarello’s brilliant guitar playing and vocals.  Based in Woodstock, NY, the band tours and performs at venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The Bruce Katz Band is:
Bruce Katz – Hammond B3 organ and piano
Chris Vitarello – guitar/vocals
Ray Hangen – drums

"He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he’s a heavy!"

"The Bruce Katz Band’s music has the air of unflagging tradition yet it blurs the lines between genres. It is of itself and beyond itself at the same time. It’s like Mozart with a jazz trio playing at Junior’s Juke Joint on a Thursday night."   BLUES BISCUITS

"Bruce Katz and his men gave those present a concert they’ll remember a long time. Vitarello is an outstanding guitarist, with an astonishing technique and a broad creative range."  ROOTSTIME


"This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I’ve ever heard."  JOHN HAMMOND

"One of the most respected keyboardists on the blues circuit."  Wade Tatangelo, HERALD-TRIBUNE

Bruce Katz's music occupies 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. As a performer, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band - playing and recording 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, ‪Gregg Allman, ‪Duke Robillard, ‪Joe Louis Walker, ‪Little Milton, ‪Maria Muldaur, ‪Jimmy Witherspoon, Paul Rishell, Mighty Sam McClain, ‪Debbie Davies, David “Fathead” Newman and many others.

Katz has a lengthy background in classical piano. After hearing a ‪Bessie Smith record at the age of ten, he started teaching himself blues and early jazz on the piano. Bruce then heard boogie-woogie and swing music and continued his musical journey into more aspects of jazz and American roots music. He attended Berklee College of Music in the mid-1970s, studying Composition and performance.

For the next fifteen years, Katz performed with many of the leading musicians in New England, and played “on the road” for long stretches of time. After a particularly long stint of touring in the late '80s with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Katz 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. It was during this time that he conceived of and started writing music that became the Bruce Katz Band.

In 1992, Bruce 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 band's 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. The same year, 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" in 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 ongoing focus, in addition to his many other projects. Bruce also played with ‪Duke Robillard(2001-02), ‪John Hammond (2005 – present), ‪Gregg Allman (2007-13) and many other high-profile roots, blues and rock performers, while continuing to tour and record with his own band.

In addition to performing, Katz teaches piano, Hammond organ and theory privately at his studio in West Shokan, NY. He also conducts Master Classes in Hammond B3 and Blues History, which he has done at various schools and music festivals worldwide. Formerly from Boston, Bruce has been based in Woodstock, NY since 2005.


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