Jazz Composer/Saxophonist, Bruce Eskovitz was 11 years old when he fell in love with the sound of the tenor saxophone, and by the age of 13 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 20, 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 Bruce resides in Culver City, CA and has just finished producing his fourth jazz album, Bruce Eskovitz/Bill Mays, Conversations (Azica). His previous CD, One for Newk (Koch Jazz), is a tribute to Sonny Rollins and received a five-star rating in The All Music Guide to Jazz. One for Newk features some of the most respected musicians in the jazz arena today: Bill Mays on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, Larance Marable on drums, Charlie Shoemake on vibes, and a guest appearance by saxophone great Ernie Watts on the classic, Tenor Madness.
Bruce has performed and recorded with many great and diverse artists, including Natalie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Doc Severinsen, and many other celebrities. He plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flute and clarinets. Some of his other compositional and performance credentials include the Los Angeles productions of Beatlemania and Timbuktu, countless records and jingles, The John Davidson Show, The Danny Gans Show, The Ebony/Jet Celebrity Showcase, the ABC TV show Santa Barbara, Ollie Mitchell's Sunday Band, Frank Capp's Juggernaut, and The New American Orchestra. He is currently fronting his new band BEJO Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra featuring some of the best jazz musicians in Los Angeles.
Bruce's career as an educator boasts several major accomplishments: he is a full-time lecturer at The University of Southern California where he directs the Concert Jazz Ensemble, teaches jazz theory, as well as saxophone and jazz improvisation; he founded the award-winning Jazz Music Studies Program at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA, where he maintains his role as Artist-in-Residence. Bruce is also active as a clinician and soloist.
Bruce holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from California State University, Northridge and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California.