Bruce Brown's Bio

"His songs are like potato chips, once you hear one, you'll wanna hear all of them."

This quote from Arthur Hamilton, writer of ("Cry Me A River") aptly describes Bruce Brown's songs. Few singer/songwriter/pianists have incorporated the American popular songbook with a straight-ahead be-bop approach to writing, as successfully as he has. Formidable piano playing, a silky smooth voice and lyrics that are witty, poignant, and above all swinging, capture the essence of the music - once you hear Bruce's song-writing , you'll be glad you did.

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' and 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, Ron Stout - trumpet.


Bruce Brown - From the 'Love Finds You' Photoshoot
Wellington, June 2005