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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.

Living in such a musical household, playing guitar 8 to 10 hours a day was normal for this south Philly kid. He hungrily soaked up everything his father could teach him, landing on national television at age 13, the winner of the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. Soon he was studying jazz improvisation with local bass legend Al Stauffer. To develop technique, he taught himself to play the violin etudes of Wohlfahrt and Paganini. Although he briefly considered leveraging his perfect SAT scores into medical school, a summer guitar gig in Wildwood NJ (with Larry Cartell), changed the direction of Jimmy’s life forever. He was 17 and has never had a job unrelated to guitar playing since.

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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 Instrument

Guitar

Location

Philadelphia

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

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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Albums

Album Maplewood Avenue by Jimmy Bruno

Maplewood Avenue

Affiliated Artists, LLC
2007

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Album Solo by Jimmy Bruno

Solo

Mel Bay Records
2004

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Album Midnight Blue by Jimmy Bruno

Midnight Blue

Concord Music Group
2001

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Album Polarity by Jimmy Bruno

Polarity

Concord Music Group
2000

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Live At Birdland II

Concord Music Group
1999

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Album Live at Birdland by Jimmy Bruno

Live at Birdland

Concord Music Group
1998

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Maplewood Avenue

Maplewood Avenue

Jimmy Bruno
Maplewood Avenue

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