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Bruce Brown

Composer, Performer, Jazz Composer


Bruce Brown, originally from LA, established himself as a highly regarded pianist, singer, and songwriter performing at all the major jazz clubs in Southern California. His songs have been described as 'original standards' that reflect his love of the great American songbook. Holding all the lyrics in place is a beautiful, almost invisible architecture. His words flow in careful trickles, clever bursts and soulful yearns. His melodies dance and float over chord changes that provide daring colouration. As a performer, Bruce's easygoing spontaneity establishes a natural rapport, always leaving his audience wanting more.

Bruce arrived in New Zealand late 1998 to take up the position as Senior Vocal Jazz Tutor at the Conservatorium of Music, Massey University Wellington, where he currently teaches full-time and performs regularly in the capital.

In 2000 Bruce recorded I Believe It in Sydney with fellow Americans Gordon Brisker and Don Rader, and Sydney's own Hamish Stuart and Jonathan Zwartz. His second album, Love Finds You, was recorded in his home town of LA in early 2005 with a circle of his lifetime friends and jazz peers including Larry Koonse (guitar), Dave Carpenter (bass) and Ron Stout (trumpet). In 2020 he released his album Death of Expertise.