Born: December 15, 1952
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, acoustic and electric bass player and composer Bruce Gertz began playing guitar at the age of ten. By age fourteen he changed to the bass guitar and started playing rock, blues and later jazz. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston as a composition and arranging major, Bruce studied acoustic bass under John Neves and William Curtis. 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 Bill Frisell, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Jamie Haddad, Kenny Werner, Ted Lo, Theo Saunders, John Scofield and other top players in Boston through time...
AwardsAwards • 1987 Boston Music Awards - “Outstanding Bassist” • 1988 Boston Music Awards - “Outstanding Bassist” • 1990 Boston Music Awards - “Outstanding Bassist” • 1991 Boston Music Awards - “Outstanding Bassist” • 1992 Billboard Song Contest - Third Prize for the song, “Blueprint” • 1992 National Endowment for the Arts. "Jazz Performance Grant" • 1993 the album, “Blueprint” • 1995 the album, “Third Eye” • 1996 the album, “Discovery Zone” • 1997 the album, “Blueprint” all nominated for “Outstanding Jazz 1997-present, many more
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