Bruce Arnold (jazz)

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Bruce Arnold
Born (1955-07-31) July 31, 1955 (age 63)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
GenresJazz, classical
Years active1980s–present
Associated actsSpooky Actions

Bruce Arnold (born July 31, 1955) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, educator, and author.


As a kid in South Dakota, he took accordion lessons and discovered guitar when he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. He attended the University of South Dakota but switched to the Berklee College of Music in 1976. He took private lessons from Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos.[1]

He moved to New York City in 1988 where he became an active member of the jazz community, producing many recordings as a sideman and leader. He is one of the few electric guitarists in the world to use the computer program SuperCollider in both his compositions and improvisations. Arnold is a founding member of Spooky Actions, a jazz group which explores improvisation using classical music repertoire.

He has played with Stuart Hamm, Peter Erskine, Joe Pass, Joe Lovano, Lenny Pickett, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Absolute Ensemble under the baton of Kristjan Järvi.

Arnold's recording credits include over twenty albums and DVDs (on Muse-eek Records, Mel Bay Recordings, Truefire and other labels), ranging from standard jazz repertoire to free improvisation to reinterpretations of classical music.

Teaching and writing[edit]

He is the director of Guitar Studies at New York University and Princeton University as well as the creator of the New York University Summer Guitar Intensive. He has taught at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Berklee[1], New School University, and City College of New York.

Arnold's theoretical works have explored the use of pitch class set theory within an improvisational setting. He has also written more than 60 music instruction books covering guitar pedagogy, ear training, and time studies.


  • 1996 Blue Eleven (MMC)
  • 2000 A Few Dozen (Muse-eek)
  • 2002 Give 'em Some (Muse-eek)
  • 2004 Gemini with Barry Wedgle
  • 2005 Two Guys from South Dakota with Mike Miller
  • 2005 Duets with Olivier Ker Ourio
  • 2005 Disklaimer with Tom Hamilton
  • 2005 String Theory with Ursel Schlicht
  • 2005 Intersections with Tom Hamilton and Omar Tamez
  • Soul Eyes: Rhapsody with Mimi Fox
  • 2007 Aspiration with Dusan Bogdanovic
  • 2007 Blue Lotus
  • 2008 Secret Code with Jane Getter
  • 2010 Multiplicity
  • 2010 Invocation with Gilbert Isbin
  • 2010 Art of the Blues
  • 2010 Heavy Mental
  • Songs of the Nations Vol. 2
  • Dakota Gumbo with Mike Miller
  • Sonic Infestation with John Stowell
  • Great Houdini with Dave Schroeder

With Act of Finding

  • 1995 Act of Finding

With Release the Hounds

  • 2004 Psychedelic Prophylactic

With Spooky Actions

  • 2004 Songs of the Nations
  • 2004 Music of Anton Webern
  • 2004 Early Music
  • 2005 Arnold Schoenberg: Five Piano Pieces
  • 2005 Oliver Messien: Quartet for the End of Time[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Bruce Arnold". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Bruce Arnold | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Music". Bruce Arnold. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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