Take Five With Tine Bruhn

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Meet Tine Bruhn:

Tine Bruhn is a jazz vocalist with extensive solo and ensemble experience.

She lives in New York City, where she has put together a new group of excellent up and coming musicians. They perform jazz standards and R&B classics along with contemporary instrumental pieces to which Tine has written original lyrics. The focus is to combine elements of jazz and R&B through the scope of her own European style.

Tine moved to Boston in 1998 to study at Berklee College of Music from which she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music. In Boston she continued performing in a cappella settings, one of them being the "Vocal Jazz Ensemble" under the direction of Sharon Broadley-Martin, a Vox One member. Other of her teachers include Sheryl Bentyne from Manhattan Transfer, Walter Beasley, recording artist, Richard Evans, Grammy award winning arranger and legendary scat educator Bob Stoloff.


Voice, piano.

Teachers and/or influences? Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Joshua Redman, Chet Baker.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... When I sang the solo parts in my elementary school choir.

Your sound and approach to music: When I sing I think of my voice as an instrument (a sax for example), and not just a voice. I only sing songs I can either identify with or at least understand emotionally.

Your dream band:

1. Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Brian Blade;

2. Sam Yahel, Chris Minh Doky, Ali Jackson.

Road story: Your best or worst experience: Bringing my NYC quartet to my hometown in Germany was an amazing experience! Seeing them walking around the downtown area and translating for them was a trip. Unreal...something I had dreamt about for more than a decade, and finally playing with them over there!

Favorite venue:

Zinc Bar, NYC.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Entranced (Self Produced, 2009). It's my first and I'm proud of it. It's not perfect, but maybe it will never be?

The first Jazz album I bought was: Joe Henderson, Ishfahan.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? I try to keep my repertory somewhat different by not just committing to one style. I'll have some standards, but try picking the ones that aren't always done by singers. I add some R&B to loosen things up a little. And my own songs are pretty good, they say. I try to be completely honest with my music.

CDs you are listening to now:

Miles Davis, The Musings Of Miles;

Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers, Moanin';

Corea, Holland, Burton, Metheny, Haynes, Like Minds;

Stevie Wonder, A Time 2 Love.

Desert Island picks:

Earth, Wind & Fire, Greatest Hits;

Oscar Peterson, Great Connection;

Joshua Redman, Elastic;

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Live at Yoshi's.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? People say it's dead—but it's not! It's just changing. Unfortunately, not enough people take the time to get into the style. It takes time to like and everything has to be easily approachable or it's out.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Keep the jazz festivals going. Support live music. That is what jazz is.

What is in the near future? CD release of Entranced at the end of May. Booking of Europe Tour 2010.

By Day:


If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Working in International Relations.

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