DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 27, 2020) — On Wednesday, March 11, Bruce Katz and the Bruce Katz Band will appear at Gypsy Highway, 2606 W Locust St, Davenport, Iowa, at 7PM. Cover is $10 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $12 non-members. (MVBS applications available at the door).
This special event is presented by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society as part of the 2020 Blues In The Schools Program where Bruce Katz will also be performing for students and staff at Quad Cities area schools. 03/09-12. Boston-born Bruce Katz served on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston as an associate professor from 1996-2010. Performing both Blues and Jazz, for many years his talent shines in every performance, whether teaching or performing. In the early '80s Bruce toured with Big Mama Thornton; and later with Barrence Whitfield and The Savages, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Adams, and Tiger Okoshi. Later, he took a break from the road to enroll at The New England Conservatory, earning a master's degree in Jazz. Five months after graduation, Bruce met Ronnie Earl, who hired him as one of the Broadcasters. Bruce is also known as the pianist for the Gregg Allman Band.
Bruce has released 6 CDs with a seventh, Homecoming, newly-released. He has appeared on nearly 70 other recordings with Ronnie Earl, Delbert McClinton, John Hammond, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Jimmy Witherspoon, and many other legendary performers. His list of national recognized awards are many, but, most significantly, Bruce is a three-time Blues Music Award nominee for "Piano Player of the Year," and a member of the New York State Blues Hall of Fame. Formed in 1985, The Mississippi Valley Blues Society's mission is to educate, celebrate, and preserve the Blues, a unique American music art form. The MVBS is one of the oldest community-based non-profit organizations of its kind, and is based in Davenport, Iowa.