Katz teaches music at Plummer Home for Boys, the Salem Boys & Girls Club, and the On-Point Program for troubled teens. He also teaches youngsters how to record music in the Y’s new recording studio at Ames Hall.
“We’re there every Monday night,” he said. “It’s an incredible resource for the entire community.”
Katz has also arranged the series’ second concert, which will be held Tuesday, June 10, and will feature three accomplished drummers.
“I used to play with Josh Groban’s drummer, Dave DiCenso,” Katz said. “He played on my first solo album. We became close friends and toured a bit together, then he hooked in with Groban. Dave is also a professor at Berklee College of Music, for drums.”
The other drummers, each of whom will play a solo set before appearing with the others in a finale, are James Murphy of Blue Man Group in Boston and Rich Redmond, who plays for country star Jason Aldean.
“It will be exciting to have drummers of this level,” Katz said.
Katz said the drummers’ concert will also be educational, with time for questions and answers.
“They’ll answer questions for kids, families, whoever can come,” he said. “Any questions about what it’s like on the road, any questions about professional drumming, how cymbals and woods and different compositions of woods make different sounds.”
AMES HALL CONCERT SERIES
Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m.
The Dejas, Soul Rebel Project, Qwill and Kevin Williams
Tuesday, June 10
Drums for Funds, with James Murphy, Dave DiCenso and Rich Redmond.
Where: Ames Hall, Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St., Salem
Tickets: $20 at the door, with cash bar