Bruce Forman

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Bruce Forman (born 1956, in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American jazz guitarist.

Forman moved to San Francisco in 1971 and led his own groups in the area for several years, in addition to performing regularly at the Monterey Jazz Festival.[1] He played with Richie Cole from 1978 to 1982. His most successful album as a leader was 1992's Forman on the Job, which hit #14 on the U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[2] Forman, an acclaimed jazz educator as well as performer, is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California, teaching in the Studio/Jazz Guitar Department.


  • Coast To Coast (Choice-Bainbridge Records, 1980)
  • River Journey (Muse Records, 1981)
  • 20/20 (Muse, 1981)
  • In Transit (Muse, 1982)
  • The Bash (Muse, 1982)
  • Full Circle (Concord Jazz, 1984)
  • Dynamics (with George Cables) (Concord, 1985)
  • There Are Times (Concord, 1986)
  • Pardon Me! (Concord, 1988)
  • Still Of The Night (Kamei Records, 1991)
  • Forman On The Job (with Joe Henderson) (Kamei, 1992)
  • Michele Weir & Bruce Forman - The Sound Of Music (self-release on Weirforman Records, 2003)
  • Dedication: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Blujazz Records, 2003)
  • Formanism (self-release on B4man Music, 2012)

also note that Bruce's western swing group "Cow Bop" has put out four releases:

  • Swingin' Out West (Blujazz, 2004)
  • Route 66 (Blujazz, 2008)
  • Too Hick For The Room (self-release on B4man Music, 2011)
  • Cowlifornia Swing (self-release on B4man Music, 2012)