Jimmy Bruno

Born: July 22, 1953    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Jimmy Bruno

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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”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

1993 - Sleight of Hand - Concord Records
1994 - Burnin' - Concord Records
1995 - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective - Concord Records
1996 - Like That - Concord Records
1997 - Full Circle- Concord Records
1997 - Live at Birdland 1 - Concord Records
1997 - Live at Birdland 2 - Concord Records
2000 - Polarity (with Joe Beck)- Concord Records
2000 - Two for the Road (with Jenifer Leitham)- Azica Records
2001 - Midnight Blue – Concord Records
2004 - Solo – Mel Bay Records
2006 - MB3 (with Corey Christensen and Vic Juris) - Mel Bay Records
2007 - Maplewood Avenue – Affiliated Artists Records

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Jenkintown, PA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.


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. No more wasted time.

Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute is the best way to learn guitar from me now. I have found that my online students are learning faster than my private students. You can watch the videos I've posted (there are over 500 videos and Master Classes to learn from) any time you want. I don't charge and extra fee for anything. As you practice your way through the lessons, upload a video to me and I will respond with my comments and next assignment. Often I respond with a video so that the other students can learn along with you. Sometimes an email will keep you on the right track, but to get the most out of the Institute and having access to me, you should post a video. We start with the very basics of jazz and the lessons evolve into improvising as well as tune analysis. The lesson material is very comprehensive and the very active worldwide community of guitarists helps with many questions and jazz related topics.

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Featured recording “Maplewood Avenue”

Maplewood Avenue
Affiliated Artists, LLC (2007)
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