Bruce Forman

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Bruce Forman
Born (1956-05-14) May 14, 1956 (age 62)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Labels Concord Jazz, Muse

Bruce Forman (born May 14, 1956) is an American jazz guitarist.


Forman took piano lessons at an early age before picking up the guitar at age thirteen. In 1971, his family moved to San Francisco. Instead of going to college, he performed with local jazz musicians, such as Eddie Duran, Vince Lateano, and Eddie Marshall, and with nationally known musicians, such as Ray Brown, George Cables, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, and Woody Shaw. For several years during the late 1970s and early 1980s, he toured with Richie Cole.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Coast to Coast (Choice-Bainbridge, 1980)
  • River Journey (Muse, 1981)
  • 20/20 (Muse, 1981)
  • In Transit (Muse, 1982)
  • The Bash (Muse, 1982)
  • Full Circle (Concord Jazz, 1984)
  • Dynamics (with George Cables) (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • There Are Times (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • Pardon Me! (Concord Jazz, 1988)
  • Still of the Night (Kamei, 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, 2003)
  • Formanism (self-release on B4man Music, 2012)
  • The Book of Forman: Formanism, Vol. II (self-release on B4man Music, 2015)

With Cow Bop

  • 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)

With Jimmy Knepper


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.