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”...Groove is in his heart and horn” Kathy Y. Wilson, Cincinnati City Beat

Saxophonist Bruce Menefield is an outstandingly creative musician. He has developed a unique style of playing a variety of musical genres: jazz, gospel, blues, R&B and world music. Menefield has performed professionally for 35 years where his sweet sound has been heard in top venues, churches and concert halls. He has performed with and among some of the best in jazz such as Billy Harper, Clark Terry, Bennie Maupin, Ronnie Laws and John Blake. Bruce is best known for his big bluesy sound, but he has morphed into a highly spirited improviser, able to create new music on the spot and in the height of the moment.

Menefield is also a leader and a producer. His career is marked by his ability to mix talented musicians into exciting ensembles. The groups he has developed are known to keep a “hard groove” and to deliver a strong musical message. Bruce has produced many live concerts including the “It's Commonly Jazz” series. Bruce highlighted this series with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Hank Crawford. He has written, recorded and produced his own music. His latest CD is entitled “My Steps”.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Xavier University and studied music at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati

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”...Groove is in his heart and horn” Kathy Y. Wilson, Cincinnati City Beat

“Bruce Menefield is more than an extraordinary Saxophonist - he's an ambassador for the enrichment of music education for our youth. He is the President and CEO of Omni Works Music, a non-profit organization that provides programs demonstrating the expression and creativity of Jazz music to young people. Bruce is a Humanitarian - pulling together some of the city's most talented musicians to hold the “Help them to Sing Again” benefit for the Haitian children displaced from the earthquake last January.

Bruce has played professionally for over 35 years, collaborating with some of the best artists in the industry, and performed in countless venues

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Album My Steps by Bruce Menefield

My Steps

Black Sax Records



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