Dan Bruce is a recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s jazz community. He is active throughout the Midwest and nationally as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator. He has performed on more than twenty-five albums as a sideman, and has released two albums, A Single Thread and Earthshine, as a leader. As a performer and recording artist, Bruce has had the opportunity to work with a number of eminent musicians including Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Lynn Seaton, Rose Colella, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and Marquis Hill.
As a composer Bruce has been featured in The Chicago Composers Collective series at The Green Mill and The Jazz Institute of Chicago NextGen Jazz Series, and several of his compositions and arrangements have been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. His works have been performed locally by The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and The Brad Wagner Nonet as well as a number of college ensembles, and he recently received an Individual Excellence Award in Music Composition from the Ohio Arts Council.
Bruce is currently on faculty at Youngstown State University and Cuyahoga Community College.
“…a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that is at the same time subtly discontent, searching for new expressions and willing to take some chances along the way.”
-Troy Dostert, allaboutjazz.com