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Steve Katz
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:13:37 PM »
Steve Katz (born May 9, 1945) is a guitarist, singer, and record producer who is best known as a member of the rock-pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album Short Stories Tall Tales for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums Rock 'n' Roll Animal and Sally Can't Dance and the Elliott Murphy album Night Lights.

As a part of the Greenwich Village culture during this time, Katz, along with Grossman, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian and David Grisman became interested in jug band music the music of Cannon's Jug Stompers and The Memphis Jug Band. They and other friends formed the Even Dozen Jug Band and recorded an album in 1964 for Elektra Records. Katz played washboard in the band.

After a brief sabbatical in college, Katz, while teaching guitar in Greenwich Village, auditioned for the Danny Kalb Quartet as a two-week substitute for Artie Traum. Traum did not return to the group and when Al Kooper joined, the Blues Project was formed. They worked out of New York, and it was the mid-sixties, so the Blues Project experimented, dabbled in their own style and gave Katz an opportunity to showcase his own songs. The Blues Project recorded three albums while together in their first incarnation. "Steve's Song", on the Projections album was the first original song that Katz had recorded.

After two years as house band at the Cafe Au Go Go and Murray the K's last "submarine race-watching" spectacular at the RKO 58th Street theater in New York, The Blues Project broke up, playing the Monterey Pop Festival as their last major engagement.

After the demise of the Blues Project, Katz, Kooper, Bobby Colomby and Jim Fielder decided to work up a set of music mainly of Kooper's new songs for a benefit concert to raise money to send Kooper to London where he wanted to live. Joined by Fred Lipsius on alto sax, the concert raised "enough money for a cab to the airport". There was no choice but to start another band. Influenced by the Electric Flag and an album by The Buckinghams entitled Time and Changes, a horn section was utilized with rock arrangements that were a touch more sophisticated than most horn arrangements in rock up to that time. Thus, Blood, Sweat & Tears was formed, a Columbia Records contract obtained, and the album Child is Father to the Man released. Recorded and mixed in only two weeks, the album sold moderately well but was a critical success. Katz sang one original song ("Megan's Gypsy Eyes") and "Morning Glory" by Tim Buckley.
Kooper left Blood, Sweat & Tears after only six months. Katz continued with Blood, Sweat & Tears for five years, during which time the group won three Grammy Awards, were voted best band by the Playboy Jazz and Pop Poll two years in a row, and won three major Down Beat awards. He wrote many songs during his tenure with the group.
In 1972 Steve met singer Lou Reed. After the commercial failure of Reed's album Berlin, Katz produced two albums: Sally Can't Dance and a live record Rock 'n' Roll Animal. After a number of productions during this period, including Nightlights by Elliott Murphy, Katz returned to playing music joining American Flyer with Eric Kaz, Craig Fuller of Pure Prairie League, and Doug Yule from The Velvet Underground. The first of their two albums was produced by George Martin.

Katz wrote his memoirs - Blood, Sweat, and My Rock n Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? published by Lyons Press in 2015.

Today Steve is back with a reformed Blues Project including Roy Blumenfeld and will be playing at Sellersville Theatre in Pennsylvania on October 2nd 2019.

The Even Dozen Jug Band at Fordham

Blues Project - Steve's Song (Live 1967)

The Blues Project - Two Trains Running

The Blues Project - A Flute Thing - 06-18-1967 - Monterey Pop Festival - Monterey, Ca

Blood, Sweat & Tears "Morning Glory"

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Spinning Wheel

Go Down Gamblin' by Blood, Sweat & Tears on Stereo 1971 CBS 45.

Blood, Sweat & Tears - For My Lady (1971)

Not so successful supergroup from 1976 featuring Craig Fuller who wrote and sang "Amie" from Pure Prairie League, Steve Katz from Blood,Sweat& Tears, Doug Yule from Velvet Underground, and Eric Kaz who co-wrote "Love Has No Pride" for Linda Ronstadt and  Bonnie Raitt and was in the Blues Magoos.

American Flyer - Light Of Your Love

American Flyer-Back In 57.wmv

American Flyer-Let Me Down Easy.wmv

Sometimes In Winter - Steve Katz @ The Nanuet Public Library 6-7-15

Catch The Wind(Donovan Cover) - Steve Katz @ The Turning Point 6-16-12

Mateo Kirk and Steve Katz Dueling Guitars

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Re: Steve Katz
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 08:40:19 PM »
Steve Katz will be at Sellersville theatre in
Pennsylvania with the Blues Project in October.