Reviews

‘Jonny Bruce is a throwback to the pre-Miles styles of playing. In other words, he’s not Cool, he’s Hot! He draws from all the trumpeters from Louis Armstrong to Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry and he’s got the chops to do it.’

Listomania, Bath (2013)

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‘A trumpeter needs chutzpah to take on Cootie Williams’ tremendous “growling” solo in The Shepherd, but Jonny Bruce carried it off in blazing style.’

The Telegraph (2013)

(Review of Duke Ellington Sacred Concert at Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2013)

 

‘…The awesome recreation of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, last performed here by the Duke in 1968. With a 200-strong choir evoking Ellington’s swooning harmonies and Zoe Rahman capturing the bright precision of his piano playing, the Buzzard Big Band caught the Duke’s sound. Yolanda Quarty bravely succeeded in catching the original’s eerie vocalisations but even more jaw-dropping was a bravura trumpet solo from Jonny Bruce, whose deft use of mute and growl brought the legendary Cootie Williams to the Colston stage.’

Venue Magazine (2013)

(Review of Duke Ellington Sacred Concert at Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2013)

 

‘The intense energy of Jonny Bruce’s trumpet solos simply brought the house down’

Steven Martin – Exeter Festival Chorus (2012)

(Review of Duke Ellington Sacred Concert at Exeter Cathedral, December 2012)

 

‘A terrific trumpeter named Jonny Bruce plays with real fizz’

The Guardian (2010)

 

‘Trumpeter Jonny Bruce – whose growls, wails and slurs wouldn’t have been out of place in 1920’s Ellington session – slots amicably into Stapleton’s wackily integrated jazz world’

The Independent on Sunday (2008)