B i o g r a p h y
Bobby Katz is a 25 year-old saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist from Long Island, NY. He has been playing the saxophone for over a decade and is trained in both the classical and jazz idioms. Bobby has studied and/or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Martin Wind, Don Friedman and more at various venues in NYC including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at the Kitano, and the Blue Note. Katz was awarded third prize in the 2018 Vandoren Emerging Artist jazz saxophone competition.
He currently serves as the artistic director for "Jazz Through the Ages," a new jazz performance series at the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy in Long Island, NY.
In May 2016, Bobby graduated with honors from New York University (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development) where he was the sole recipient of the jazz studies program award for exceptional achievement, service, and leadership. There he holds a bachelor's degree (BM) in jazz performance with a concentration in music education in addition to a master's degree (MA) in Music Education. At NYU, Katz studied with Professor Dave Pietro and Artist Faculty members Ralph Lalama, Rich Perry, and Mark Turner.
Bobby was the subject of filmmaker Robert Riemer's documentary "Presenting Bobby Katz," which went on to win in the "Best Traditional Documentary Short" category at the 2016 New York Jazz Film Festival. That same year he was selected as a finalist of the PDX Jazz Forward Competition within the college instrumental soloist category. In 2014, he was the lead tenor saxophonist of both the NYU Jazz Orchestra and New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band. In 2012, he was the recipient of Schreiber High School’s "Woody Herman Jazz Award." In 2011, Bobby was the lead alto saxophonist of both the NMEA All-County Jazz Band and Nassau-Suffolk Jazz Band. Katz has received Nassau All-County honors three times and toured Europe as lead tenor saxophonist of an All-American honors band in 2010.
Bobby currently leads his own jazz groups around the NYC area in addition to performing as a sideman with various other ensembles. He is also one-half of folk-pop duo, Bobbylene!, a singer-songwriter project he started with his girlfriend, Marlene McCarthy in 2017. As an educator, Katz currently teaches elementary school music at the Embankment School in Jersey City in addition to maintaining a busy private studio of music students throughout Long Island and New York City.