Parade of Shoes: Bruce Katz

February 4th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara

Parade of Shoes: Bruce Katz

Photograph by Wanda Callagy

Blues keyboardist Bruce Katz recently celebrated the release of his new album, Homecoming, with a bash at Club Helsinki in Hudson. At 8pm on Thursday (February 5), Katz – who is nominated for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award at the upcoming Blues Music Awards in Memphis – returns to Club Helsinki to help lead the Pro Jam 9, where he’ll be joined by other Hudson Valley blues stalwarts including Slam Allem, Petey Hop, Rick Knapp, Sonny Rock and a cavalcade of special guests.

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The Bruce Katz Band

The Bruce Katz Band

Review and photographs by Wanda Callagy

During the past year, I had seen keyboardist Bruce Katz and guitarist Chris Vitarello at one of Club Helsinki’s regular Pro Jams, and after reading that they had been nominated for a prestigious Blues Music Award, I decided to attend their CD release party for their new album, Homecoming. I wanted to see and hear why they will be attending the awards show at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center and why they are part of this 36th annual event which hands out the highest accolades afforded to blues musicians.

Aside from the great attributes of Club Helsinki itself – which promotes a great atmosphere with a varied menu to enjoy the best of lighting and sound – I was very happy I ventured there.

These thoughts come from a music lover who, in all honesty, has always thought of keyboard players (piano and/or organ) as “filler” – part of the backing band for a talented guitarist. I admit it.

Recently, a few musicians have changed my mind, including the Bruce Katz Band. In fact, their music amazed me that December night, and I did not want their second set to end.

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