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Greg "Shatzy" Shatz

Boogie Woogie Flu!

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“It’s apparent that Schatz has been inoculated with the New Orleans version of boogie-woogie flu as his keyboard lines roll and chuckle with the easy dance step of classic J&M studio R&B.” –John Swenson, OffBeat, October 2012

Greg Schatz plays music that gets stuck in your head. Steeped in tradition, yet completely original, Schatzy’s songs give words to life’s hard-to-describe moments.

In addition to performing original music with his own band, Schatz has several weekly gigs playing classic New Orleans R&B and blues tunes on piano. He is the upright bass player for the BustOut Burlesque Jazz Band, squeezes accordion with the Valperazo Men’s Choir, and jumps in as a sideman in various other creative projects in New Orleans’ soupy musical mix. You never know which instrument Schatz will have in his hands. He’s quite a busy guy.

Greg lives with his wife, two cats, two pianos, three accordions, two upright basses, four guitars, two broken mandolins, and an electric bass. He has been writing and performing his own music since he was a teenager in Ithaca, New York in the 1980’s, where he also spent a year in music school and went on to earn a degree in cultural anthropology.

Schatz moved to New Orleans in 1995 to play accordion with the Big Mess Blues Band and subsequently took up the upright bass in the trio, Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys. In 1999 he started his own band and released three albums under the name Schatzy. With his new album, “Where the River Meets the Rail Road Tracks” (September 2012), Schatz goes solo and takes the band with him. “Where the River Meets the Rail Road Tracks,” features the musicians Schatz has been playing with for years: Doug Garrison (The Iguanas) on drums, Alex McMurray on guitar, Dave Stover on bass, and a host of other New Orleans musical luminaries.

Schatz has performed around the U.S. and Europe, and he is ready to bring his music directly to you, even if it means coming to your house. He loves playing house concerts (especially if good food is involved). You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll feel the very core of your being. You’ll experience every possible emotion imaginable. Schatz has played at domestic and overseas festivals, in clubs big and small, in Avery Fischer Hall (in the lobby), on Royal Street, and in Jackson Square. Now he is ready to play in your home, music venue, or festival. You are going to love it.

“It’s apparent that Schatz has been inoculated with the New Orleans version of boogie-woogie flu as his keyboard lines roll and chuckle with the easy dance step of classic J&M studio R&B.” –John Swenson, OffBeat, October 2012

“Schatzy has a gift for the unexpected rhyme.”—Tom McDermott, Gambit Weekly

“With Lively Music and humorous, whimsically philosophical lyrics, Greg Schatz makes the mundane seems magical.” –Kathryn Hobgood, Neon Bridge

“Throughout the dozen original compositions, Schatz shows off his sense of humor and a pop sense informed by his Big Easy potpourri.” – Keith Spera, Times Picayune

“Roots music fans can find plenty to love here.” –OffBeat

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Where the River Meets the Railroad Tracks.

unraveling.

Macaroni And Bees.

Nocturnal Wild Life Journal.

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