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Bruce Eskovitz

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 Dr. 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

Album

Invitation

Label: Pacific Coast Jazz
Released: 2008
Track listing: Breakthrough; Damien's Dance; Invitation; Latin Fever; Detour Ahead; Just in the "Newk" of Time; Dialogue; A Walk in the Park; Red Clay; One Last Time

Album

Bossa Nova Stories

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2008

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Article: Album Review

Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Donald Elfman


Saxophonist/composer Bruce Eskovitz makes music that is playful and appealing yet challenging and thoughtful at the same time. On an earlier recording, he paid tribute to saxophonist Sonny Rollins in a quartet setting, but here he displays his impressive composing and arranging chops in a big band setting. Eskovitz knows about intimacy and so the charts ...

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Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


The Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra returns with its second CD, Invitation, playing music that includes bop, salsa and samba. Much of it sits well within the confines of the orchestra. Eskovitz wrote all of the compositions except two, which stand out not only for their arrangements, but for the way the soloists ...

Album

Regions

Label: Backstage Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Nightmoves; Regions; Somalia; Little Sunflower; Peace for Stan; No Fear; Twilight Moon; All for Love; Mob Scene (54:27).

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The Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra: Regions

Read "Regions" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If Stan Kenton were alive today, he'd no doubt be leading the applause for the Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra. Kenton was a visionary who not only welcomed new ideas but often introduced them; while others looked to the past for inspiration, he looked to the future for adventure. Although it may seem presumptuous to speak for ...


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