Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bruning, Dale, guitar; b. Carbondale, PA, 8 November 1934. He mainly grew up in Mahwah, NJ. His parents are Homer and Isobel Bruning, both born in Carbondale, PA. His father was a drummer and his mother played piano. His siblings are Robert Bruning, Carbondale, PA and Donna Bruning Newton, Carbondale, PA. He studied with Dennis Sandole, Philadelphia, 1956-1961 in the US Navy from 1953-57, and at Temple University, getting a BS in psychology with a minor in music, 1957-61.
Bruning has been playing professionally since the age of 14. In the 1950s and early '60s, he worked in the east with such people as Specs Wright, Larry McKenna, Carol Sloane, Billy Bean, and Art Van Damme. A move to Denver, Colorado in 1964 has kept him there to the present. He has worked with Red Norvo, Jim Hall, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Michael Moore, Phil Urso, Lew Tabakin, Terry Clarke, Mark Patterson, Carl fontana, Slide Hampton, Nancy Wilson, Jon Erik Kelso, Bobby Shew, Ralph Sutton, Buddy Montgomery, Jimmy DePriest, Al Grey, Buddy DeFranco, Ken Peplowski, Dave McKenna, John Allred, Chet Baker, Jake Hanna, Gus Johnson, Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, Mark Simon, Paul Romaine, Joni Janak, Rich Chiaraluce, Richard Grossman, Bruno Carr and Ron Washington.
Since 1995, he has been in partnership with Jazz Link Enterprises Owner, writer Jude Hibler. She was a contributing writer to Leonard Feather's Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (©1999. Oxford University Press). Together, they created the JLE CD label. They also prepare and present JLE Narrative Theme Concerts. They base their concerts around the music of a Great Songwriter, such as Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and so on. Dale then selects the music and writes original arrangements for his various-sized ensembles. Ms. Hibler researches the composer and the songs for the concert, writes a script, and tells these anecdotal stories throughout the concert performance.
From his extensive career as an educator, Mr. Bruning has taught more than 800 students in private studies, as well as conducting numerous clinics throughout the United States. Among his many compositions, he has recorded Tomorrow's Reflections, Love Comes Softly, and Grant Street Azure.
In 1997, he authored his first book: The Dale Bruning Jazz Guitar Series: Volume I - Phrasing & Articulation and his second and third volumes are scheduled to be released in late 2003 or early 2004 through JLE Publishing Company.
His wife was Hazel (1933-1993). His children are Nancy Bruning Ewing, Paul and Pam Bruning Barajas (twins: son and daughter) and Scot Bruning.
Our Delight (1986); Tomorrow's Reflections (1996); Conference Call (1998); Reunion (2000); The Timeless Music of Harold Arlen (2001); The Timeless Music of Harry Warren (2003)
Rich Chiaraluce: Live! at Sherman's Coffee House (1999); Ron Moewes: All This You Gave to Me (2002)
House Band Leader for The Del Shields Summer Show - Philadelphia, NBC; House rhythm section for Red Hill Inn in Philly and featured such artists as Carol Sloane; Commercials in Denver - 1970s
The Jazz Guitar book; 20th Century Guitar magazine; Jazzscene of Oregon; Guitar Player; The Denver Post; Rocky Mt News; Westword - Denver; The Daily Camera - Boulder; The Times Call-Daily - Longmont. Greeley; Metro News - Denver; Willamete Weekly - Portland, OR; The Oregonian - Portland, OR
Best Original Music - for a commercial - 1977; Best Guitarist - 1983-86: The Denver Post; Best Jazz Band - 1986: Westword; Best Jazz Summit - with Bill Frisell: 1994: Westword