Bruce Barth is widely considered to be one of finest jazz pianists and composers of his generation. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the best pianists in town, period.” His is a modern and original voice, with great expressive depth and compelling rhythm. His music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, and encompasses the wide scope of his life and musical experiences, from recollections of the old West to forays into the blues and Latin music.
Barth has appeared in major jazz festivals, clubs, and concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, with his trio, as a solo pianist; alongside several of jazz’s greatest elders, and with some of the most dynamic voices of his own generation. He has played on more than ninety CD’s, including nine as a leader. His most recent trio release is Live At the Village Vanguard on MAXJAZZ, and his first DVD, Live in Spain, will be released this year on the new Spanish label, Quadrant.
Originally from Pasadena, California, Barth started piano lessons at the age of five, with a natural tendency to play by ear. He studied piano, theory, and musicianship for more than ten years with Anthony and Sue LaMagra. He fell in love with jazz as a teenager, and learned by listening to records, later studying privately with Norman Simmons and at the New England Conservatory with Jaki Byard, George Russell, and Fred Hersch. While in Boston he recorded “The African Game” and “So What,” with George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, for release on Blue Note Records.