An award winning bassist and composer, Bruce Gertz is a professor at Berklee College of Music. 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 Kaufman, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Hunt, Jerome Harris, Tommy Campbell, Leni Stern, Joe Lovano, Billy Drews, Ted Lo, Kenny Werner, Gray Sargent, John Wheatley, Eric Gunnison, Mike Dooner, Larry Klugh, Mike and Pat Metheny, Tim Horner, Matt Wilson, D.Sharpe, Jaimie Baum, Makoto Ozone, Joe Cohn and many other top players in Boston at he time.
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.
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, Ted Curson, Alan Dawson, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Mark Murphy, Bill Frisell, Mick Goodrick, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Goldings, Charlie Byrd, Gil Goldstein, Donald Byrd, The Fifth Dimension, Cab Calloway, Eric Kloss, Larry Goldings, Danilo Perez, Joey Calderazzo, Bevan Manson, Cecil Payne and others. Bruce has performed along side Jerry Bergonzi since 1978.