Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Bruno

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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December 05, 2012

Eric Alexander With The Jimmy Bruno Trio At Chris' Jazz Cafe On...

September 28, 2010

Jimmy Bruno and Chuck Anderson work on a new recording project!

January 19, 2010

Master Jazz Guitarist Jimmy Bruno Announces Virtual Jazz Cafe to Bring...

November 13, 2009

Andreas Oberg and Jimmy Bruno Form the Artistworks Guitar Project

June 04, 2009

Guitar Talk with Jimmy Bruno on The AAJ Bulletin Board

April 21, 2008

Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute Shatters Enrollment Projections,...

January 25, 2008

Jimmy Bruno at Chris' Jazz Cafe 8:00PM, 10:00PM

December 17, 2007

Guitarist Jimmy Bruno Interviewed at AAJ

November 18, 2007

Jimmy Bruno & Joe Beck Perform at Jazz Month 2007

October 16, 2007

Jimmy Bruno Trio at Iridium Jazz Club Tonight

October 15, 2007

Les Paul (Mon) Mingus Legacy (Tues) Jimmy Bruno (Wed) Eddie Daniels CD...

October 02, 2007

Guitarist Jimmy Bruno to Perform at New York City's the Iridium

June 20, 2007

Jimmy Bruno Announces His "Maplewood Avenue" CD Release Party and...

May 31, 2007

Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute Receives Incredible Response from...

May 14, 2007

Jazz Guitar Master, Jimmy Bruno's "Maplewood Avenue" CD Debuts at...

January 23, 2007

Jimmy Bruno @ Philadelphia's Chris' Jazz Cafe on January 26 & 27, 2007

January 22, 2006

Jimmy Bruno: Goodbye For Now

October 13, 2004

Jimmy Bruno Trio Featuring Saxophonist Eric Alexander at Paper Moon...

September 17, 2004

Jazz Guitarists Jimmy Bruno Releases Second Volume of Live Concert DVD...

December 05, 2000

New John Leitham/Jimmy Bruno CD-"Two For The Road"

”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

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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 by Jimmy Bruno

Album Maplewood Avenue by Jimmy Bruno

Maplewood Avenue

Affiliated Artists, LLC

Album Solo by Jimmy Bruno


Mel Bay Records

Album Midnight Blue by Jimmy Bruno

Midnight Blue

Concord Music Group

Album Polarity by Jimmy Bruno


Concord Music Group


Live At Birdland II

Concord Music Group

Album Live at Birdland by Jimmy Bruno

Live at Birdland

Concord Music Group

Maplewood Avenue

Maplewood Avenue

Jimmy Bruno
Maplewood Avenue


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