Bill Kratz shies away from the term “world musician,” but the instructor and performer is a world class talent who has plied, learnt, and taught his craft all over the globe – soaking up influences and leaving his mark wherever the wind takes him.
From fusion groove to Indian raga, from California to Kosovo, from New York to Nepal, and many places in between, Kratz’s exceptional artistic talents have found a comfortable home regardless of musical or geographical climate.
Kratz picked up electric bass in his youth after being wooed by his hero on the Hofner, Paul McCartney. He immersed himself in the instrument, learning as much he could while playing in various jazz bands and orchestras. In 1984, the budding bassist earned a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Kratz also studied at the New School Jazz in New York City and has been taught by some of the industry’s top players including bebop great Reggie Workman (John Coltrane), fusion wizards Jimmy Earl (Chick Corea Elektric Band, Jimmy Kimmel Show Band), and Gary Willis, among others.
Kratz has recorded as a bassist, guitarist, and sitar player with a number of artists in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Kampala, Uganda.
He has performed at the legendary Blues Alley jazz club in Washington, DC, and the prestigious Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, as well as countless clubs, theaters, and stages in New York and Los Angeles.
The musician has been a bass and guitar educator and clinician for over 20 years and in the spring of 2003, he was a lecturer of Jazz Studies, Improvisation, and electric bass at the University of Pristina in Kosovo.
In 2005 Bill permanently moved to New York. He is on the faculty of The National Guitar Workshop National Guitar Workshop,where he has shared the stage with guitar virtuoso/shredder Paul Gilbert and rock icon Gary Hoey.
Bill is endorsed by Overwater Electric Basses and D’Addario Strings.