Boston-based pianist, Hammond B3 organist and composer Bruce Mattson is a former member of the Gregg Allman Band, freelance sideman, bandleader, and session musician.
Bruce began his career in music as a guitarist, joining his first band at the age of 12. By 13 he was playing professionally in cover bands, www.louboutinschweiz.com pumping out countless sets of contemporary rock and roll for school dances in the surrounding towns.
Inspired by players like Nicky Hopkins, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell and Herbie Hancock, Bruce shifted his focus to piano and organ in his mid-teens. He studied piano, composition, and music theory privately throughout high school. In his early 20s he came under the tutelage of jazz pianist and alto saxophonist Fred Holovnia, developing his skills in the true trial-by-fire tradition by serving as pianist in Holovnia’s big band. Bruce managed to make a living by working with several bands and jazz groups during this time.
In 1988 Bruce entered the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano and composition. Prior to graduating in 1992 he noticed that he’d managed to play both piano and guitar in each of the school’s primary performance halls.
Following NEC Bruce studied extensively with jazz/blues Hammond organ and piano master Bruce Katz, whom he credits with transforming him into a proper and useful musician. He has also studied with veteran Muddy Waters pianist Dave Maxwell.
In recent years Bruce has worked with many wonderful local, regional, and international artists, including Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe in Jaimoe’s Jassz Band, pianist Chuck Leavell, saxophonist Charles Neville, soul blues singer Toni Lynn Washington, Maceo Parker/Sting drummer Kenwood Dennard, and many others.
Bruce co-leads the roots/New Orleans R&B band the Chili Brothers with guitarist/vocalist Tony Medeiros, in which he gets to dig into one of his great loves - the full ten-fingered, rolling piano styles of the great New Orleans piano wizards such as James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Mac Rebennack. The Chili Brothers were regulars at the Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork County, Ireland for several years.
Bruce's album of original New Orleans-influenced music, Crescent City Swagger, was released in early 2015, and features the talents of Dr. Charles Neville, Amadee Castenell, Willie J Laws, Tony Medeiros, Doug James, and many other frequent stagemates.