Stephanie Bruce was first inspired to write songs as a teenager listening to Bob Dylan and The Beatles. When Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro soared as innovative singer-songwriters (girls can do this too), she knew that singing her original songs would be her life’s central path. Forty years later, she continues to write and perform her music, with the craft that a lifetime of study and experience has brought to her artistic adventures. Always captivated by the work of great lyricists, she also brings the musical influence of many years of wandering through the labyrinth of jazz, learning about the richness of harmony and melody so prevalent in that style.
Her first instrument is the voice, and playing the piano has contributed to her facility as a composer and accompanist. Stephanie has released three CDs featuring original material, and has performed in some of the Bay Area’s most notable small concert venues. Most recently, she has appeared at the Sound Room, the California Jazz Conservatory, and the Berkeley Arts Festival. Her upcoming show at The Back Room marks a return to the stage after a year hiatus from performing. She will be appearing with pianist John R. Burr and bassist Aaron Germain, and performing several new songs written for a musical theater piece still in progress.
Teaching music has been a big part of Stephanie’s participation in the local scene, including 10 years at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. On Sunday, Oct. 30, she will be teaching an all day workshop on songwriting at CJC.
Here’s what acclaimed drummer, composer, and recording artist Glenn Cronkhite has to say about Stephanie’s work: “She has everything you look for and appreciate in a musician: a good clear instrument, good pitch, good articulation, range, et al. More importantly for me, she is also a working composer. She writes harmony like a piano player, melodies like a horn player, imagery and lyrics that tell stories…I have yet to see her perform when she hasn't developed noticeably in one way or several...”
Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below and at the door the night of the show. Doors open at 6pm. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.