Tom Bruner Media Samples Pickin Jazz Montage


Having been a working guitarist from age 16, Tom’s core musical love is playing guitar. After the years of performing with the North Texas Lab Bands, he studied with, and was befriended by, guitar legend Johnny Smith, while Tom was a member of the Air Force Band in Colorado Springs. Then the decade of the 1970s found him having the unique and extremely valuable experiences of sitting next to the greatest guitarists in the world on studio sessions in Los Angeles. He has written 6 books of guitar and is an advocate of jazz guitar, often times paying tribute in concerts to jazz great, Wes Montgomery.

Tom Conducting
Jazz Guitar Player's Party at Tom's House in 1982
From left to right, top row: Tony Rizzi, Mundell Lowe, Dave Koonse, Al Viola, unknown, Chuck Collozzi, Neil LeVang, Ron Benson, Tim May, Joe DiBlasi, Mitch Holder, Tom Bruner, 2nd row: John Pisano, Pete Woodford, Chuck Pierce,
Bottom row: Al Vescovo, Oscar Castro-Nueves, Mel Bay, George Van Eps, Barry Zweig and Carmen Mosier

Tom at his cartage company with his studio guitars and trunk

Tom with Les Paul
Johnny Smith, Tom Bruner and Herb Ellis

Tom Bruner and Herb Ellis
Tom Bruner and Herb Ellis

Tom Bruner in ABC's Lab Band
Tom while with the United States Air Force Academy Falconaires