ABOUT Anthony Bruno
Anthony Bruno has dedicated his life to music as a performer, educator, and creator. Born into a musical family, playing music has been a hallmark of his existence. He believes creativity and connection is the essence of music performance and education.
An in-demand saxophonist in Chicago, he has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Larry Carlton (Steely Dan), Bobby Watson, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Bobby Broom, Sean Jones, Bobby Broom (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins) and Mary Wilson of The Supremes to name a few. Bruno has also performed at various prestigious music festivals such as the New York City Winter Jazz Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Chicago Blues Festival. He has released numerous recordings that can be found on all streaming platforms, with multiple releases chosen for Spotify Editorial Playlists. Bruno's main musical influences are Jazz, Afro-Cuban, and R&B, and he considers them the foundation of his approach to music performance.
As an educator, Bruno serves as the Music Department Head and Jazz Chair at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). He has taught at ChiArts since 2010 and has served as the Jazz Coordinator since 2013. In this position, he has taken the ChiArts Jazz Combo to perform at four Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conferences in Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, and New Orleans. They have performed with numerous guest artists such as Antonio Hart, Bobby Watson, and Sean Jones. Additionally, he brought the Jazz Combo on a Peer to Peer tour with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz to San Antonio and Austin, Texas with guest artists Bobby Watson and Lisa Henry.
In addition to teaching at ChiArts, Anthony served as adjunct faculty at DePaul University, teaching the Saxophone Technique course from 2010 to 2015. An experienced guest artist, clinician and arranger, he has worked with such schools and organizations as Dartmouth College, Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.