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Dan Bruce


“...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, All About Jazz
“A better illustration of the marvelous balance Bruce and company strike between improvisation and compositional form would be hard to conceive”
-Ron Schepper, Textura
"Bruce has continued to turn heads with his original music and prowess as a powerful improviser"
-C. Andrew Hovan, All About Jazz
“Dan Bruce is a lyrical musician with a thoroughly modern bent, based on a firm grasp of the tradition.”
-­‐Bassist Lynn Seaton

“A skilled, seasoned player, one capable of filling the space left by an accompanying harmonic instrument with aplomb and finesse.”

-Martin Gladu, All About Jazz


     A recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an
important member of Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, Bruce is active throughout the Midwest and nationally as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator. He has performed on more than forty albums as a sideman and has released four albums as a leader. Dan has worked with several eminent
musicians including Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Lynn Seaton, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Daniel Lippel, Rose Colella, Marc Mommaas, and Marquis Hill

     Bruce’s groups have been featured in The Chi-Town Jazz Festival, The Chicago Composers Collective series at the Green Mill, The Chicago Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, The Jazz Institute of Chicago NextGen Jazz Series, South by Southwest, The Toledo Jazz Festival, The Rubber City Jazz
Festival, and The Ohio City Summer Festival. He has been profiled in Fingerstyle Guitar, on WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago, WCPN 90.3 FM Cleveland, WYSO 91.3 FM Yellow Springs, WKSU 104.9 Cleveland,, Chicago Jazz Magazine, and The South Bend Tribune


Upcoming Performances

1.26  7pm The Third Law Collective

The Bop Stop

Cleveland, OH

1.28  8pm Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble

Blu Jazz

Akron, OH

2.2  7pm CSU Jazz Faculty

The Bop Stop

Cleveland, OH

2.3  7pm Bassel and The Supernaturals

Cleveland Art Museum

Cleveland, OH

2.9  7:30pm. Bassel and The Supernaturals

Midland Center for the Arts

Midland, MI

2.11  7pm. Alla Boara

Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center

New Philadelphia, OH

2.18.  8pm. :beta collective

Blu Jazz

Akron, OH

2.23  Alla Boara Trio

Kent State Stark

Canton, OH

2.25  7pm. Alla Boara

Gala Concert


2.27-3.3 Alla Boara

Residency at Quad City Arts

Public Performances TBA

Quad Cities Iowa

3.4  7pm. Alla Boara


Chicago, IL

3.17  8pm. :beta collective feat. Alyssa Boyd

Lakeland Jazz Festival

Kirtland, OH

3.24 and 3.25  8pm. Alla Boara

Stocker Arts Center

Elyria, OH

3.30  7pm The Third Law Collective

The Bop Stop

Cleveland, OH

3.31  8pm. Alla Boara Trio

The Bop Shop

Rochester, NY

4.1  8pm. Alla Boara

City Gallery

Erie, PA

4.14  8pm. Alla Boara

Monroe, MI

4.15  7pm. Alla Boara

Monroe, MI

4.26  7pm. Alla Boara

Happy Days Lodge

Peninsula, OH

4.28  7pm. Bassel and The Supernaturals

Levitt Ampitheater

Ocala, FL

4.29  8pm. Bassel and The Supernaturals

Arts Garage

Delray Beach, FL

5.4-5.6  Stephen Phillip Harvey Octet

Performances TBA


5.17  7pm. Alla Boara

Old Town School of Folk

Chicago, IL

5.18  8pm. Alla Boara

Merrimans' Playhouse

South Bend, IN

5.25-5.27  Stephen Phillip Harvey Octet

Performances TBA


6.16-6.23 Stephen Phillip Harvey Octet

Midwest Tour -Performances TBA

6.24  8pm. Alla Boara

Blu Jazz

Akron, OH

6.25  6pm. Alla Boara

Dunham Tavern Museum

Cleveland, OH

6.29  7pm The Third Law Collective

The Bop Stop

Cleveland, OH

7.3-7.9  Bassel and The Supernaturals

East Coast Tour

Performances TBA


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