In 2006, Dale invited flutist Ali Ryerson, pianist Jeff Jenkins, bassist Mark Simon, and drummer Paul Romaine to join us as we presented the Timeless Music of Classical Connections. In our live concert at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, Colorado in 2006, we chose songs from around-the-world that either were or had their roots based in classical music.
For example, Sigmund Romberg’s and Oscar Hammerstein, II’s cooker, Lover, Come Back to Me is based on Peter Tchaikovsky’s June Barcarolle. Dale raises the temperature and tempo as he shows that tempus fugit – or “time flies” can be musical if you know what you are doing. What a way to end a show!
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Pennsylvania has produced some of the most renowned musicians in jazz. People like Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Ethel Waters, Bobby Troup, Slide Hampton, Billy Bean, the Heath brothers, Ray Brown, Dennis Sandole, Erroll Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Specs Wright and Dale Bruning. From his childhood days in Carbondale, Dale began his professional career at age 14. From 1953-57, he served in the Navy’s band, which took him to Cuba, among other places. While there, he began to learn how to arrange music. Entering Temple University in Philadelphia, he studied guitar and music theory with famed educator Dennis Sandole. Graduating from Temple in 1960 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in music, he became the leader of the house band for The Del Shields Show, a television variety program that originated from Philadelphia on WRCV, an NBC affiliate. In 1964, he and his family moved to Colorado, where he continues to live and work. Among the many people with whom he has performed are: Jim Hall, Red Norvo, Dizzy Gillespie, Specs Wright, Marian McPartland, Erroll Garner, Larry McKenna, Dave McKenna, Michael Moore, Terry Clarke, Jimmy DePriest, Al Grey, Odean Pope, Buddy Montgomery, Richard Grossman, Dick Cary, Morey Feld, Peanuts Hucko, Bobby Shew, Carol Sloane, Billy Bean, Ken Peplowski, John Allred, Carl Fontana, Slide Hampton, Buddy DeFranco, Gus Johnson, Johnny Smith, Art Van Damme, Jake Hanna, Lew Tabackin, Jon Erik Kelso, Eric Gunnison, Ron Miles, Chet Baker, Phil Urso, Bill Frisell, Nancy Wilson, Ethel Ennis, Mark Simon, Paul Romaine, Arthur Harper, John Pisano, Gene Bertoncini, Ron Anthony, Bruno Carr, and Ron Washington. In 1995, he teamed up with writer and former student Jude Hibler to form their own record label, JLE (Jazz Link Enterprises). Additionally, they established a unique presentation format which includes original arrangements by Mr. Bruning and narration by Ms. Hibler throughout their Timeless Music of Great Composers Concerts. Among the songwriters they have focused on are Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, irving Berlin, Dave Brubeck, Benny Golson, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer, Michel Legrand, Hoagy Carmichael, *Harold Arlen and *Harry Warren. Mr. Bruning and Ms. Hibler have CDs of their concerts of the latter *two composers. These CDs are available at their website: http:// jazzlinkenterprises.com.
[See Discography for a complete listing of Mr. Bruning’s CDs.)