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A busy touring schedule, soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films (the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, Oscar-nominated Flags of Our Fathers and Hereafter), fourteen recordings as a leader (including his newest, Formanism),countless sideman dates, over twenty appearances at the landmark Monterey Jazz Festival, a featured role on one of jazz great Ray Brown’s last albums, in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Department – when does Bruce Forman rest?
Forman is a seasoned jazz player with top-level skills as a leader, entertainer and sideman. He creates soulful, lyrical melodies, inventive harmonies, and solid accompaniment. Though he can play bebop at blistering tempos with the best of them, he is no urban snob. Cow Bop, Forman’s unique “western bebop” band, hit four separate charts with its CDs, Swingin’ Out West, Route 66 and Too Hick for the Room.
Bruce’s life and musical journey provide an American saga that is still in full swing. His Texas origins, his early career in San Francisco and New York, and his years on the road all contribute to the unique and highly personal vision that he demonstrates today. Deep immersion in American culture inspires him to contribute to the traditions that he drew from. Original works like The Red Guitar, a jazz libretto, and JazzMasters Workshop, a national music-mentoring program that he founded, are only the latest answers to the endless question that underlies Bruce Forman’s creativity. His music and life reflect every step of his journey and demonstrate the awareness of an artist who is very much at home in the world, and at the top of his form.