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Bruce Gertz

         American, acoustic and electric bassist and composer (born in Providence, Rhode Island)

         Bruce Gertz had piano lessons at age six for a brief period. He began playing guitar at age ten.  By age fourteen Bruce moved to the bass guitar and started playing rock, blues and later jazz.  His first bass guitar teacher was Anthony Evangelista who taught the basic fingerings and reading skills as well as simple chord outline.

         While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston as a composition and arranging major, Bruce studied acoustic bass under John Neves and William Curtis.  His writing and theory, improvisation teachers included Herb Pomeroy, William Maloof, Shirishe Korde, Paul Schmeling, Larry Monroe, John LaPorta, Ray Copeland, Thomas McGah, Bob Chestnut, Raymond Santisi, Gary Burton, Charlie Mariano, Rich Appleman, Anthony Texiera,  John Bavicci and others

         Eventually he began freelancing in the Boston area and soon built a reputation as a versatile player and soloist on both acoustic and electric bass.  Gertz became associated with Ken Cervenka, Bill Frisell, Kermit Driscoll, Phillipe Saisse, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, George Garzone, Bob Gullotti, John Scofield, Bob Kaufman, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Hunt, Jerome Harris, Tommy Campbell, Leni Stern, Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Ted Lo, Kenny Werner, Gray Sargent, John Wheatley, Eric Gunnison, Mike Dooner, Larry Klugh, Mike and Pat Metheny, Tim Horner, Matt Wilson, D.Sharpe, James Williams, Greg Hopkins, Jaimie Baum, Makoto Ozone, Joe Cohn and many other top players in Boston between from the 1970’s to the present.   

         Bruce went on to study advanced improvisation concepts and techniques with Charlie Banacos, world-renowned jazz guru.  This graduate type of study lasted six years and to this day the material remains valuable for practice.

Performance Experience

         Being an established performer in New England, Bruce has accompanied many well known artists such as Gil Evans, Junior Cook, Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Ray Bryant, Helen Humes, Joe Williams, Bob Berg, Mike Stern, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Evans (sax), Eddie Harris, Oliver Lake, Charles McPherson, George Cables, Diane Schurr, Bobby Tucker, George Coleman, Freddie Cole, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Jon Hendricks, Joanne Brackeen, Rachel Z, Cyress Chestnut, Dave Kikoski, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Mike Metheny, Ted Curson, Mulgrew Miller, Donald Brown, James Williams, Alan Dawson, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Mark Murphy, Bill Frisell, Mick Goodrick, Aaron Goldberg, Charlie Byrd, Gil Goldstein, Donald Byrd, The Fifth Dimension, Maynard Furgusen, Billy Ekstine, Cab Calloway, Eric Kloss, Larry Goldings, Danilo Perez, Joey Calderazzo, Bevan Manson, Bill Mays, John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Cecil Payne, Sheila Jordan, Larry Coryell, Vic Juris, Joe Cohn, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Bruno and others.  Bruce has performed along side Jerry Bergonzi regularly since 1978 and also occasionally George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Jaimie Hadad, John Scofield and others for many years.

         Touring experience with many of the same artists include Australia, Europe, Japan, China, Venezuela, Slovejna, U.S., Canada, Israel, Canary Islands.

Teaching Experience

1974 - present........Private Instructor

1976 - present........Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

1985 - present........Taught clinics for Berklee in Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and as a leader or with Jerry Bergonzi in Australia, Slovenia and the U.S.


1987, 88, 90. 91 – Boston Music Awards – Outstanding Bassist

1992 – Billboard Song Contest award for the song, Blueprint

1992 – National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz Performance Grant       

1993-97 four CDs all nominated for Outstanding, Indie, Jazz Album, Blueprint, Third Eye, Discovery Zone, Blueprint (reissued)

1997 – Composition Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council

!999 – Billboard Song Contest award for the song, The Reach

1994, 98, 01, 07 – Outstanding Contribution to Jazz Education from the International Association for Jazz Education.

2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Jazz Education from The Jazz Education Network

1985 – present, A.S.C.A.P. Popular Award recipient.

2002, 04 Kaufman, Gertz, Bergonzi Trio, Outstanding, Indie, Jazz CDs, The Line Between and Dreaming Out Loud

2011, , Broadjam Artists pick the song, “Are We There Yet” for Top Ten Jazz/swing/modern, for the month of April

2013, 14 Glad You're Hear and The Reach, Top Ten jazz tunes on Reverbnation

Selected Discography

As a leader:  Bruce Quintet with John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Joey Calderazzo and Adam Nussbaum

  • 1992 Blueprint Freelance, France CD-017 reissued

  • 1997 on Evidence Music ECD22196-2

  • 1994 Third Eye RAM Records, Italy RMCD 4509

  • 1996 Discovery Zone RAMRMCD 4524

  • Bruce Gertz/Ken Cervenka Quintet w/Bruce Barth and Jorge Rossi

  • 1998 Shut Wide Open Double Time DTRCD-132

  • 1999 Red Handed (with Bruce Barth, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Adam Nussbaum) Double Time DTRCD-155

  • Bruce Gertz Quintet w/Various artists, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Phil Grenadier, Ken Cervenka, Tim Horner, Bob Gullotti, Gabriel Guerrero, Paul Broadnax, Rick DiMuzio, Tim Miller, Austin McMahon, Luther Gray

  • 2007 It Wasn’t Me Open Mind Jazz OMJCD-001

  • 2008 Reptilian Fantasies Open Mind JazzOMJ-002

  • 2010 Thank You CharlieOpen Mind JazzOMJ-003

  • 2013 Open MindOpen Mind Jazz OMJ-004

  • 2014 Anybody Home? Open Mind Jazz OMJ-006

  • 2015 Eepin and Beepin Open Mind Jazz OMJ-007

  • 2016 A Different Take Open Mind Jazz OMJ-008

  • 2017 Singularity, solo bass, Open Mind Jazz OMJ-009-D

  • 2017 Blue Cube, Open Mind Jazz OMJ-010

  • 2017 Tone of Spirit, solo bass, Open Mind Jazz OMJ-011-D

TRIO-NOW, Bruce Gertz, Steve Hunt, Jack Diefendorf

  • 2013 The Heart of a Champion Open Mind Jazz OMJ-005

  • 2013 Someday Soon Spicerack records

  • 2016 Blue Shadow Spice Rack Records SR-101-41, Open Mind Jazz OMJ-009

With Steve Hunt

             2015 Sphere of Influence, Spicerack Records, SR-101-37

Kaufman, Gertz, Bergonzi Trio

  • 2001 The Line Between Whaling City Sound WCS-009

  • 2003 Dreaming Out Loud Whaling City Sound WCS-020

As a Sideman:

With Jerry Bergonzi

  • 1996 On Again RAMRMCD-4527

  • 1992 Tilt Red Records, Italy

  • 1990 Inside Out Red Records

  • 1989 Caught in the Act, GONZ, with Bob Gullotti and Salvatore Bonafede, Not Fat Records

  • 1988 Front End GONZ, with Bob Gullotti, Not Fat Records

  • 1987 The Ray with Mick Goodrick and Jeff Williams, Not Fat Records

  • 1986 Otto’s Motto Not Fat Records

  • 1984 Uranian Undertow GONZ, with Bob Gullotti, Not Fat Records

  • 1983 Con Brio with Mick Goodrick and Jeff Williams, Not Fat Records

with Mick Goodrick

  • 1994SunscreamsRAM RMCD-4507

with Gary Burton

  • 1985 Gary Burton and the Berklee AllstarsJVC/GRP/Concord

with Miles Donahue/Kenny Werner

  • 1992 Double DribbleTimeless Records, Holland CD SJP 392

  • 1995 The Good ListenerRAM RMCD-4510

  • 1998 Simple Pleasures RAM RMCD-4528

with Greg Hopkins

  • Okavongo16 Piece Orch. Summit Records DCD 293

With Nick Goumas

            2010 Moonlight Alley with Trio-Now

with Matt Savage

            2013 A Bigger CelebrationSavage Records

Music Videos:

            2015 Face Down, Bruce Gertz Quintet





  • 1982 WalkinBruce Gertz MusicWB-1

  • 1986 Walkin Video Bruce Gertz Music WV-1

  • 2005 Walkin DVD WDVD-1

  • 1987 22 Contemporary Melodic Studies for Improvisers Bruce Gertz Music

  • 2001 Mastering the Bass Book/CD- Mel Bay Publications

  • 2003 Mastering the Bass Boo/CD-2 Mel Bay Publications

  • 2005 Let’s Play RhythmAdvance Music, Germany

  • 2005 Jazz, Electric Bass Vol.1 DVD Bruce Gertz MusicJEBDVD-1


  • 1993, March, Harmonizing a Melody Bass Player Magazine

  • 1999, Fall, Triad Twister Bass Player Magazine

  • 2010 December interviews for International Society of Bassists and Feature on their portrait calendar of 2011

  • 2010 December interview w/Jodi Stevens for an online guitar site posted on as part 1 and part 2.

Affiliations:  Member A.S.C.A.P., Board Member of the International Society of Bassists

N.A.R.A.S. Grammy Foundation, J.E.N., Jazz Education Network, A.F.T., American Federation of Teachers, N.E.F.A., New England Foundation for the Arts, A.F.M. American Federation of Musicains,, All About Jazz, youtube,











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