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Jazz Composer/Saxophonist, Dr. Bruce Eskovitz was eleven years old when he fell in love with the sound of the tenor saxophone, and by the age of thirteen had begun his professional playing career. While other Southern California teenagers tuned in to rock n' roll, Bruce hung out with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Stan Getz records until he could play their sound. By the age of twenty, Bruce was composing music for "The Merv Griffin Show." He remembers handing Plas Johnson and Ray Brown his tunes and was encouraged by their positive reaction. Today Bruce resides in Culver City, CA and has just finished producing his fifth jazz album, Regions, performed by the Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra (BEJO), an exciting nine-piece ensemble featuring some of the best jazz musicians in Los Angeles. Previous albums include: Bruce Eskovitz/Bill Mays, Conversations (Azica), One for Newk (KOCH Jazz), a tribute to Sonny Rollins which received a 5 star rating in The All Music Guide to Jazz (www.allmusicguide.com). One For Newk features some of the most respected musicians in the jazz arena today: Bill Mays on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, Larance Marable on drums, Charlie Shoemake on vibes, and a guest appearance by saxophone great Ernie Watts on the classic "Tenor Madness". Bruce Eskovitz is in demand as a jazz artist on the L.A. jazz club scene where he appears regularly at Catalina Bar and Grill, Jax Bar and Grill, The Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, California 66, Beverly Hills Affaire in the Garden, The Jazz Spot, Lunaria, The Atlas Bar and Grill, St. Mark's Club, and Cava. Bruce has performed and recorded with many great and diverse artists, including Joe Cocker, Natalie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Doc Severinsen, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Webb, Bill Watrous, Elliot Smith, Dwight Yoakum, Jane Monheit, The Fifth Dimension, Rita Moreno, Jack Jones, Bobby Vinton, Shari Lewis, Ernie Watts, and many other celebrities. He plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flutes and clarinets. Some of his other compositional and performance credentials include the Los Angeles productions of "Beatlemania" and "Timbuktu," countless records and jingles, The John Davidson Show, The Danny Gans Show, The Ebony/Jet Celebrity Showcase, the ABC TV show Santa Barbara, Ollie Mitchell's Sunday Band, Frank Cappâs Juggernaut, and "The New American Orchestra." Bruceâs career as an educator boasts several major accomplishments: he is Director of the Instrumental Music Program at the prestigious Windward School in West Los Angeles. Previously he was a full time lecturer The University of Southern California where he directed the Jazz Ensemble Program, taught jazz theory, as well as saxophone and jazz improvisation; he founded the award winning Jazz Music Studies Program at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA, where he maintains his role as Artist-in-Residence. Bruce is also active as a clinician and soloist. Bruce holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California in Jazz Composition, a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from California State University Northridge. Dr. Bruce Eskovitz and the Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra (BEJO) are available for jazz festivals, movie/TV soundtracks, records, concerts, club dates, college appearances, and clinics. ARTICLES AND REVIEWS Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2004 by Don Heckman âEskovitzâs arrangements and compositions blend the sunshine harmonies and cool counterpoint of the West Coast small bands of the 50âs and 60âs with a grooving, contemporary rhythm section style.â Saxophone Journal, May/June 2004 by Billy Kerr âThe title tune (Regions), taken at tempo-de-burno, is a prime example of the energy level with which BEJO lays its musical cards on the table,. All About Jazz.com. by Jack Bowers, âIf Stan Kenton were alive today, heâd no doubt be leading the applause for the Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra.â Los Angeles Jazz Scene, December 2003, Regions: Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra (Backstage Records) by Jim Santella âThe leaderâs hot improvisation on Freddie Hubbardâs Little Sunflower rocks the house with unbridled energy, as his orchestra follows suit with myriad harmonic layers.â Saxophone Journal, January/February 2002, Conversations: Bruce Eskovitz (Azica) by Billy Kerr âBesides having chops to burn, which enables him to play anything that comes to mind, Eskovitz plays with a fire and energy that makes the listener come back for seconds.â Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2000 USC Showcases Area Stalwarts by Don Heckman âEskovitz...a veteran tenor saxophonist...performance was improvising in its most fundamental form.â All Music Guide To Jazz, 2nd Edition 1996 p. 240 One For Newk, KOCH Jazz by Scott Yanow âThis is a record that all lovers of bebop have to get, Bruce Eskovitz has a fat tone and a hard driving style...â Los Angeles Times, January 13, 1995 Going On Instinct: Bruce Eskovitz follows his heart to straight-ahead jazz and finds it âintriguing and fulfilling.â by Zan Stewart L.A. Jazz Scene, August 1995 Bruce Eskovitz at Catalinaâs by Myrna Daniels âEskovitz began with âMovinâ Outâ, tearing through the tune with a tough stance that was exhilarating.â Los Angeles Times, October 26, 1991 Eskovitz: A Good-Time Bar Band and Then Some by Bill Kohlhasse âEskovitz drew long twisted lines...into a string of Bird calls and bop-fired runs.â Lawrence Journal World, November 25, 1990 Bruce Eskovitz (Cexton Records) by Chuck Berg âEskovitzâs arrangements and originals flow with a lyric often gritty grace...â Music Connection, October 30-November 12, 1989 Bruce Eskovitz at the Overland Cafe by Frankie Nemco âEskovitz...has chops to no end.â
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