Sizes & Values

Site Width - set the content width of the site based on a percentage of the whole window.

Site Title Margin - control the amount of space under the site title on a regular page. 

Site Tagline Margin - control the amount of space under the site tagline on a regular page.

Header Top/Bottom Padding - control the amount of space at the top and bottom of the header area. 


Template Options

Info Page Layout - determine the style of the layout used on the Info page.

Site Drop Shadow - toggles a drop shadow under the content area on a regular page.

Tagline and Contact Info - determine the type of content that is shown in the header area below the site title.

Site Border - choose from a set of border sizes to be used around the outside of the content area on a regular page. 


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Top Of the Hub, Boston

Info Page Styles

Info Page Background Image - set the image used for the info page background.

Info Page Background Overlay - control the overlay color that is layered on top of the info page background image.

Info Page Content Overlay Color - control the background color used behind the info page content area.

Info Page Site Title - choose the color used on the site title within the info page content area.

Info Page Tagline - choose the color used on the site tagline shown within the info page content.

Info Page Contact Info - choose the color used on the address shown within the info page content.

Info Page Description - choose the color used on the description shown within the info page content.

Freeform Text on Info Page - override the standard info page content with an open block for freeform text.

Info Page Content Overlay - enables the background overlay behind the info page content area.

Info Page Content Drop Shadow - enables a drop shadow behind the info page content area.

 

Hide Info Page Dividers - disables the horizontal lines between info page content.

Info Page Site Title Font - set the font used on the site title within the info page content area.

Info Page Tagline Font - set the font used on the tagline within the info page content area.

Info Page Contact Info Font - set the font used on the address within the info page content area.

Info Page Description Font - set the font used on the description within the info page content area.

Info Page Content Width - control the width of the info page content area.

Info Page Site Title Margin - control the amount of space under the site title within the info page content.

Info Page Tagline Margin - control the amount of space under the tagline within the info page content.

Info Page Rounded Corners - set the amount of roundness used on the info page content area.

 


Blog Styles

Hide Author - disables the display of the author name within the blog post.

Blog Post Title Font - set the font used on the blog post title.

Meta Text - set the color used for blog post meta data like date, tags, likes etc.


Gallery Styles

Gallery Navigation - determines the type of gallery image navigation is provided on the page.

Gallery Info Overlay - select the type of display used for image title and caption.

Gallery Aspect Ratio - controls the aspect ratio (width:height) for the gallery active slide.

Gallery Arrow Style - determines the style of the arrows used to cycle through the slides.

Gallery Transitions - select the transition styles used to animate between slides being viewed.

Gallery Show Arrows - choose to use arrows for cycling through slides.

Gallery Auto Crop - choose to auto crop slide images to the selected ratio.

Gallery Autoplay - choose to cycle gallery images automatically without user interaction. 

Gallery Loop - enable a gallery to cycle through to the first slide after the last slide.

Gallery Autoplay Speed - specify the speed at which the gallery pauses on the active slide.

Gallery Thumbnail Size - control the height of thumbnail images when used for gallery navigation.

Gallery Arrow Background - specify the color that is used for the shape of gallery arrows.

Gallery Arrow Color - specify the color that is used for the arrow itself.

Gallery Circle Color - specify the color that is used for the circle shape gallery arrows.

Gallery Info Background - specify the color used in the background of the image title and caption. 


Product Styles

Product Background Color - sets the color behind the product image.

Product Overlay Color - sets the color of the overlay when product list titles are set to 'overlay.'

Products Per Row - determines the number of products shown per line on the product list.

Product List Titles - controls the position of the product title on the product list.

Product List Alignment - sets the text alignment of the product title on the product list.

Product Item Size - select an image ratio for the product photo on the product list. 

Product Image Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the image area or fit within.

Product Gallery Size - select an image ratio for the product gallery on the product item page.

Product Gallery Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the gallery area or fit within.

Show Product Price - shows the price on the product list page when enabled.

Show Product Item Nav - shows the 'back to shop' link on the product item page. 


Event Styles

Event Time Format - toggle between 24 hour or AM/PM for event times.

Event Icons - enable icons on the address and event time display.

Event Thumbnails - show an image thumbnail in list view.

Event Thumbnail Size - controls the size (ratio width:height) of the event thumbnail image.

Event Date Label - enable date overlay on top of event thumbnail.

Event Date Label Time - include the time of the event with the date overlay.

Event Excerpts - show optional excerpt text of events on the list view when present.

Event List Date - show the full event date (day, month, year) of the event on the list view.

Event List Time - show the time range (start time-end time) of the event on the list view.

Event List Address - show the event location address when present.

Event iCal/gCal Links - show links to add events to Apple or Google calendars.

Event Like and Share Buttons - show Squarespace simple like and share buttons on events.

Event List Compact View - enable a simple stacked view of events in the list view.

Event Calendar Compact View - enable a simpler calendar view optimized for smaller areas.


Mobile Styles

Mobile Background Image - enable the info page background image on mobile devices.

Logo Size on Mobile - set a size for the site logo when viewed on a mobile device.


Social Icon Styles

Social Icon Style - choose the style (shape) of the social icon links.

Hide Social Icons - disables the display of the social icon links.

Social Icon Size - determine the size of social icons.

Social Icons - choose the color used on the social icon links. 

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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.

Awards

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

 

 

 

Publications

  • 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

Articles

  • 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 facebook.com/brucegertz 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, JazzPlayer.com, All About Jazz, youtube,