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Guitarist, composer and educator Bruce Saunders is a Professor at Berklee College of Music where he has taught since 1993. He is also currently teaching at Berklee’s online school, the University of Texas in Austin and Austin Community College and formerly taught private lessons at NYU and the New School. After receiving his Masters degree in jazz/classical guitar from the University of North Texas in 1986 he moved to New York city and has since recorded, performed and toured with some of the worlds best musicians. A partial list would include: Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Bill Stewart, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Mark Murphy, John Riley, Ben Monder, Curtis Fowlkes, George Garzone, Leon Parker, David Berkman, Gerald Cleaver, Steve Cardenas, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and many others. He has performed at many renowned New York jazz venues including Birdland, The Blue Note, Smalls, Fat Cat, The Jazz Standard, The Knitting Factory, Barbes, Detour, Smoke, Tonic and many others.

He has developed two popular courses for BerkleeOnline (Berklee’s online university): Jazz Guitar and Jazz Guitar 201. He has conducted clinics and concerts in countries as diverse as Colombia, Portugal, Mexico, Spain and Japan as well as throughout the United States. He has six CDs as a leader and has played on approximately 45 other recordings. His newest recordings are "Drift," released on the Strange Planet Records label in January 2013 and "Art & Science" released in 2015 on Red Records (see discography). He is the author of six jazz guitar method books published by Mel Bay Publications.


Austin American Statesman Feature Story March 7, 2013







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