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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: July 22, 1953    

Jimmy Bruno, born July 22, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a master jazz guitarist and jazz educator. One of the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist performing today, Jimmy Bruno came to prominence as a jazz musician in the 1990’s, after a successful twenty-year career as a sought-after commercial guitarist and session musician.

“Get on the bus-we leave tonight”

Those were the words that began Jimmy Bruno’s professional career as a guitarist. Most of the other guitarists auditioning for Buddy Rich’s band that day in 1973 were getting drumsticks thrown at them, Buddy’s not-so-subtle way of showing disapproval. But not 19 year-old Jimmy; he got the gig. A Philadelphia native, he was born into a family no strangers to the music world. Jimmy’s father played guitar on the 1959 hit “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” with Frank Virtue. Jimmy’s mom was a gifted singer....
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    Maplewood Avenue

    Affiliated Artists, LLC
    2007
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    Solo

    Mel Bay Records
    2004
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    Midnight Blue

    Concord Music Group
    2001
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    Polarity

    Concord Music Group
    2000
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    Live at Birdland

    Concord Music Group
    1998
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    Like That

    HighNote
    1996
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Maplewood Avenue

Affiliated Artists, LLC (2007)

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”You couldn't say Jimmy Bruno is grand or great... He's all those. He is tops!” —Hank Garland

”Jazz guitarists just don’t come any better. Jimmy Bruno combines a dazzling virtuoso technique with drive and swing to produce, in concert and on record, superb and inspired lyrical improvisations.” —Maurice J. Summerfield, Author of The Jazz Guitar Guide

“...Jimmy Bruno has no peers. His taste, concept and technique is unsurpassed as a jazz guitar player...” —Johnny Smith

Primary InstrumentGuitar

LocationJenkintown, PA

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

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Improvisation is the heart of jazz. I'll show you how to do right; give you exercises to lock it in tight. I’ll teach you the fundamentals of chords and chord soloing (you'll never need a chord encyclopedia again).

It’s all about the music. We’ll apply what you’ve learned to the song of your choice (or I’ll get you started on tone of the jazz standards).

I'll teach you how to practice productively...

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