Bruce Forman

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Bruce Forman
Born (1956-05-14) May 14, 1956 (age 64)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
LabelsMuse, Concord Jazz

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

Forman took piano lessons at an early age before picking up the guitar at age thirteen.[1] In 1971, his family moved to San Francisco, where he led his own groups in the area and 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. He also performed regularly at the Monterey Jazz Festival.[2] 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.[3] Forman has appeared on several film scores composed by Clint Eastwood, including Million Dollar Baby.[4]


As leader[edit]

  • Coast to Coast (Choice, 1981)
  • River Journey (Muse, 1981)
  • 20/20 (Muse, 1982)
  • In Transit (Muse, 1983)
  • Full Circle (Concord Jazz, 1984)
  • The Bash (Muse, 1985)
  • Dynamics with George Cables (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • There Are Times (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • Pardon Me! (Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Still of the Night (Kamei, 1991)
  • Forman on the Job with Joe Henderson (Kamei, 1992)
  • Dedication (Blujazz, 2003)
  • The Sound of Music with Michele Weir (CDBaby, 2003)
  • Too Hick for the Room (B4Man Music, 2011)
  • Formanism (B4Man Music, 2012)
  • The Book of Forman Formanism Volume II (B4Man Music, 2015)
  • Junkyard Duo (B4Man Music, 2018)

As sideman[edit]

With Richie Cole

  • Hollywood Madness (Muse, 1980)
  • Tokyo Madness (Seven Seas, 1981)
  • Alive! at the Village Vanguard (Muse, 1982)
  • Alto Annie's Theme (Palo Alto, 1983)
  • Some Things Speak for Themselves (Muse, 1983)
  • The Man with the Horn (Jazz Excursion, 2007)

With others


  1. ^ Barth, Joe. Voices in Jazz Guitar. Mel Bay. pp. 199–244. ISBN 0786676795.
  2. ^ Scott Yanow, Bruce Forman at Allmusic
  3. ^ Billboard,
  4. ^ Bakert, Bob (May 28, 2020). "Bruce Forman – One Part Cowboy, Two Parts Guitarist, 100% Genius". Jazz Guitar Today. Retrieved August 3, 2020. soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—including Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby