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
Willing to teach
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
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