ABOUT

Started in 2006, The Dave Steel Blues Band hails from Philadelphia, PA. DSBB features Rich Katz on guitar, Lou Brotman on bass, Paul Albrecht on drums and Dave Steel on harp and vocals.


DSSB is available to play shows for any event beginning 2012.

*For booking info, please contact the band at davesteelbluesband@gmail.com

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ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

Lou Brotman, bass guitarist, began his musical journey on guitar at an early age, playing during the folk music revival. This led to an interest in blues, then R+B, Motown, classic rock, and jazz rock fusion. He played in many local bands, and in the 70's co-founded the East Powelton Jazz Collective, and began a long period of studying music, receiving an A.A. from Phila. Community College in Jazz guitar, and a B.A. in music and teaching certification from Rutgers University. This period was followed by tours with The Silhouettes, of "Get A Job" fame, where he played guitar and served as musical director, and a tour on guitar with the legendary Organist Bill Doggett, famous for instrumentals like "Honky Tonk". Upon returning to Philadelphia, he worked in the Jazz Big Band, The Moonlighters, as a guitarist, and soon after he began to study bass guitar, and was hired to play with Sal and The Echoes, doing Oldies  shows throughout the region. This led to work with the Shake Dancer Blues band, and Soul To Soul, a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute show, playing and jamming with guitarist A.J. Slick, a former student. Also at this time he worked with drummer Paul Albrecht's Jazz  trio. He now rejoins Paul with the Dave Steel Blues Band, forming a tight, swinging rhythm section, and has added a 5 string bass, to further explore the low end of the musical spectrum.
 
Paul Albrecht, drummer, is a lifelong Philadelphia-area resident, and has been performing professionally since he was 15. He has a long, diverse professional background in American music styles, primarily rock, pop, blues, and jazz. He attended Berklee College Of Music(1973-74), studying with legendary jazz drummer Alan Dawson, then
continued his studies locally with Nick Moffo. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Paul performed extensively in the Tri-State area with many groups, playing rock, Top 40, disco, country, new wave-the popular style of the time, and played with Philly jazz legends The Visitors for a brief period. In 1986 ,Paul began a steady gig with legendary Philadelphia- based jazz virtuoso multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Bruce Mills. Mr. Mills’ group was the house band at Jewel’s, playing opening and intermissions for many national and international jazz artists. The group then became the house band at Sterling’s Place, performing 3-4 nights a week until Mr. Mills’ passing in 1989. Philly jazz legends Jymie Merritt (bass) and Eddie McFadden (guitar), among others, were members of the group for a period. During this period Paul also began his own jazz group, which he led until 2006. He featured many notable Philadelphia jazz artists, including Dylan Taylor, Bill Zinno, Tim Price, Paul Gehman, Denise Montana, Mark Kramer, Kenny Kellem, Cliff Kellem, Frank Cook, Joe Stevenson, Ed Crockett, Rich Budesa, and John Ellis, among others. As well as restaurant, club, and private work, the group also performed at the Berks Jazz Fest, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Peco Energy Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Free Library,and the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts. The 1990s also saw Paul doing plenty of rock, blues, oldies, and private engagements with many area groups, including a stint with blues diva Deb Callahan. Through the years Paul has also performed with stellar Philly jazz artists Joe Fortunato, Bootsie Barnes, Bruce Kaminsky, Uri Caine, Nate Wiley, Tony Williams, Joe Kearney, Sam Reed, Eric Mintel, Steve Giordano, Les Powell, and Ed Niederheiser. 

The 21st century brought blues & swing work with Ron Kraemer and The Hurricanes, a 19 month steady gig with popular Philadelphia vocalist Juanita Holiday (including a performance at the Kimmel Center), classic rock & blues with Backbone Blues Band, plus dates with fusion guitarist Doug Markley and area jazz guitar legends Ed Goehringer and Steven Russo. Paul additionally had a monthly gig with jazz guitarist/composer John Smith (2005-10), a stint with Soul To Soul, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute fronted by Philly rock guitar legend A J Slick, an ongoing association with pianist/vocalist Joe Stevenson, a longtime Philly jazz treasure, including appearances at the annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival, and played with The Archive(2010),a classic rock/jam band. Paul was also a member of
legendary Philadelphia bassist Ed Crockett’s trio, until Mr.Crockett’s passing in 2010. He also has performed with the eclectic, original contemporary jazz group Mischa Machez, featured on WRTI FM radio show “The Bridge” hosted by J.Michael Harrison(July 2010), as well as jazz violinist Ben Sutin. Paul currently performs with the Dave Steel Blues Band, the Lou Walinski Ensemble, and Richard Harner and Friends. Paul has maintained a continuous, dedicated teaching practice since the early 1980s. He currently teaches at New Jersey School Of Music, Medford,NJ (since 2001). Paul’s teaching methodology and approach is based on his lifelong, varied professional performing experience, and is centered on a thorough understanding of  rhythmic fundamentals and practical, real-life application, emphasizing the drummer’s role and requirements as a team member and accompanist. His goal is to enable each student to eventually be able to teach themselves, from a vantage point of knowledge and understanding. Paul had an educational article published in Modern Drummer magazine in 1983, and was profiled in Modern Drummer’s On The Move feature in 1996, as well as educational articles in Drum Rolls newsletter. He was also a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the Percussive Arts Society, for many years.                                                                              
 
Dave Steel commenced learning blues harmonica at age 19 in Tampa, Fl. Early influences were Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, The Nighthawks (Mark Wenner), Sonny Terry, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Kim Wilson. Later influences were Paul Delay, Williams Clarke, Sam Meyers, Little Walter. Steel has been playing over 30 years professionally. He was winner of the1990 Riverblues Festival Harmonica Contest at the Barbary. Philadelphia bands History: 1980’s: Stack the Deck, 1990’s: Mississippi McDelta, 2000’s: Shadowman, 2010: Dave Steel Blues Band. The past two Septembers, Steel has been invited for individual blues tours to Bern, Switzerland and gigs there as either “Dave Steel Experience and “Magic 5”, playing with Swiss legend guitarist,  Mario Capitanio.
 
Rich Katz has been playing guitar for over forty years. After a long hiatus from playing with bands, he was recruited by Dave Steel to join the DSBB. Rich was up to the task, as he had spent nearly ten years jamming weekly at Warmdaddy’s in Philadelphia. During this stint he was honored to play with Philly blues legends like Georgie Bonds, Randy Lippincott, and Don Evans. Especially memorable was a night when Rich backed up Philly’s own Grammy award winning performer, Billy Paul. Rich also frequently jammed with Philly harp players like Mikey Jr., Seth Holtzman, Carol Moog and Joey Simon. Over the years, Rich also appeared at various blues venues including Eve Faye’s (Ardmore),The Rusty Nail (Ardmore), Abeline (South Street), Harleysville Hotel, and CafĂ© Classics (Doylestown). Along the way he hung out and jammed with other Philly favorites, including Craig Tillman, DB Mylo, Dave Gross, Jimmy Pritchard, Mike Gulden, Big Leroy Foster, and Jeff Washington. Rich’s favorite blues players include Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jimmy Vaughn. Rich’s rig is composed of a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster, played either through Fender Blues Junior or Fender Vibro-King amplifiers.