Stu Katz has been a working jazz pianist and vibraphonist for more than 65 years.
Over his long career, he has performed in numerous public venues with young and old bebop luminaries including Gene Ammons, Gary Bartz, Kenny Burrell, Joey DeFrancesco, Dexter Gordon, Bunky Green, Roy Haynes, Milt Jackson, Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Jordan, Russell Malone, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Ira Sullivan and Phil Woods.
Stu has played piano or vibes at the Snowmass Jazz Festival, in twelve different Chicago Jazz Festivals and on six jazz-themed cruises on Norwegian Cruise Lines. In 1990, he toured Italy and Switzerland as the pianist in a quartet led by a long-time collaborator, alto saxophonist Bunky Green. In August, 2010, Stu played piano and vibes in a quintet co-led by another long-time musical partner multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago. A live recording of those performances titled A Family Affair - Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz - Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase was released on September 20, 2011 on the Origin label. In August, 2012, Stu opened the Chicago Jazz Festival playing vibes in a duo setting with pianist, Willie Pickens, a third long-time collaborator.
In April, 2015, when Joe Segal was honored with an NEA Jazz Masters Award for Advocacy, a quintet was assembled to play a tribute to him at the Awards Ceremony held at Lincoln Center in New York