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Kyle Bronsdon

[From The Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians, Editor: Lewis Porter]

Bronsdon studied piano from a young age, and then percussion and finally drum kit with Tom Tedrahn, who introduced him to jazz, in high school. Studied music at Northern Illinois University for two years before transferring to Columbia College, Chicago, where he studied composition with William Russo (in the last course taught by the composer) and Hans Wurman. Shortly after completing his BA, in 1993, he worked with cruiseline showbands for a few years before moving to Tucson, Arizona to join swing band the Kings of Pleasure during the peak of the Swing Renaissance, in the spring of 1998. Bronsdon left the group to form Kearney, Grams and Bronsdon (a/k/a the KGB Trio) with pianist Brenden Kearney and bassist Steve Grams. The group toured regionally, becoming popular in the underground swing scene, until the drummer moved to Los Angeles in June of 2002 to form a trio under his name, and complete his first solo album.

The drummer began composing in Los Angeles with filmmaker Randal Kleiser (Grease) and released two additional solo titles, All About The Burn (2004) and A Model Psychosis (2006) before retraining himself at the piano at the age of 37. His first solo piano album, Shed was relased in 2008, after which he performed as a piano bar entertainer aboard the Carnival Paradise. He relocated back to Tucson in 2011.


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Instrument(s): drums, voice, piano.I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I began studying at 13 years old with Tom Tedrahn in Chicago. I'd never met an adult like him, and my entire life has been richer because of my time with him.“If you think you can or if you think you can't, you're right. “There's always going to be people who play better than you, but there's always going to be a ...

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