John Kattke – A Bright Light Who Touched Many Lives
Chicago bluesman John Kattke boasts over three decades of experience in the music industry, having performed with Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells.
He has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s Legends for three decades and has toured extensively. Additionally, he directed horn arrangements and played keyboards on several albums.
Early Life and Education
Kattke is one of Chicago’s more esteemed musical masters. He’s been a staple at Buddy Guy’s Legends for over three decades, playing alongside stars such as Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Matt Murphy and Junior Wells. Onstage or in the studio, you can find Kattke directing studio horn arrangements or showing off his skills as guitarist and keyboard player.
He is one of the most renowned names in blues music, with recent success at the International Association of Musicians (IAM) competition. Additionally, he was inducted into Chicago Music Hall of Fame and serves on its Board of Curators.
John Kattke is a renowned folk and blues guitarist whose music has been featured in multiple movies and television shows around the world.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and has earned two Grammy nominations as well as a Doctorate in Music Performance. Additionally, he was inducted into the Guitar Player Hall of Fame and has performed alongside flamenco and jazz guitar virtuosos Paco de Lucia and Al di Meola.
His professional career has taken him across America and Europe, where he performed extensively as both a sideman and solo artist. His latest release No Border Blues Japan is an American compilation of underground Japanese blues music; additionally, he performed in both the Philippines and Bahamas alongside Phish bassist Mike Gordon.
Achievements and Honors
John was an inspiring leader, inspirational mentor and brilliant teammate. He was known as a beacon of hope that illuminated many lives around the globe.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and has also worked as a process engineer for Intel.
After graduating, he joined Big Brothers/Big Sisters and spent his time mentoring an 8-year-old boy whose father had died of AIDS. Their friendship endured for more than fifteen years.
He took great pleasure in being the best dad he could be for his wife Val. He was always supportive of her ministry, and took great pleasure in raising their daughters. An avid sports fan, Val enjoyed outdoor activities and hosting epic crawfish boils were some of his favorite past times.
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