|Jazz With Heart|
Bruce Mak has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz scene for
nearly 30 years, performing at music festivals, schools,
restaurants, bars, on river boat cruises and for private events.
His extensive experience and versatility shine through in his
ability to play music inspired by experimental classical
composers, as well as jazz greats like Duke Ellington and
Add something special to your next event with music by Bruce
Mak and The Merry Mak Men, his long-term collaborative music
partners. The Bruce Mak Trio consists of drummer Bonbonfera
Tim Keenan, bassist Wesley Morgan and Mak on guitar. The
Bruce Mak Trio + 1 adds percussionist Michael Tooles to the
group. Mak also performs duets with George Bell on flute, as
well as providing solo performances upon request.
• Looking for a traditional set — Duke Ellington
• Feeling experimental — Thelonious Monk
• Spice it up — Latin-inspired
• Contemporary — Bruce Mak originals
Mak was formally trained at Berkley College of Music in Boston,
and at The American Conservatory of Music and The Academy
of Performing Arts both in Chicago. He has studied advanced
harmonies, big band arranging and modern classical
composers, yet his greatest passion is musical improvisation.
In the recording studio with Bruce Mak…
Bruce Mak is no stranger to the recording studio, producing
original solo material, and collaborating with other
musicians. His latest project, Alexandria, is a classical guitar
and flute duet, featuring Oscar winner, and Grammy-nominated
audio engineer George Belle. Mak is currently working with
band leader Yves Francois y Rocambu Jazz on an album
which will be released later this year. He is also back in the studio
with the Bruce Mak Trio: Mak on guitar, Bonbonfera Tim Keenan
on drums and Wesley Morgan on bass. The Bruce Mak Trio + 1
adds percussionist Michael Tooles to the equation.
One of his earlier works, 59 Blues, remains a fan favorite
and top seller.
…Jazz Up Your Event
Let Bruce Mak create the soundtrack for your special event. Mak evokes a cool,
calm presence reminiscent of past eras. He brings to life music of the jazz
greats, and flows into modern improvisational originals without skipping a beat.He truly plays with heart