Bruce Boardman

Studied piano at London's Royal Academy of Music. Worked regularly in the nineteen-seventies and eighties with performers such as Terry Lighfoot, George Melly and Val Doonican. From the mid-nineteen-eighties, led a band which often accompanied guest artists such as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Jim Mullen, Tal Farlow, Barbara Thompson, Ronnie Scott, George Chisholm, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Al Grey, Red Rodney, Jean Toussaint, Georgie Fame, Norma Winstone, Roy Castle, Harry Beckett, Dick Heckstall-Smith, broadcaster Benny Green etc. For around twenty years the band performed regularly throughout the U.K. and abroad. Nowadays works with a variety of musicians including bassist Ruth Bitelli, her brother, tenor saxist David Bitelli, singer Laoise Davidson, clarinetist Martin Nickless etc. and performs as a solo pianist, usually playing jazz but sometimes classical repertoire. Also plays organ and harpsichord. Works with Laoise Davidson on her project “Zing”. Was one of sixteen rehearsal pianists for the BBC Two series “Maestro”: Played orchestral excerpts in a piano duo context for Blur's bassist Alex James to practice conducting.

“Pianist Bruce Boardman ..... His versatility allows him to perform graceful ragtime pieces or hard-swinging uptempo things with equal facility”. - Peter Vacher.

“Bruce Boardman’s inventive, intelligent piano lead and accompaniment .....” - Leeds Jewish International Arts Festival.

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