Jimmy Bruno (born July 22, 1953) is an American jazz guitarist.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bruno started playing at the age of 7. He began his professional career at the age of 19, touring with Buddy Rich. Among his many credits, he is the only guitarist to have ever led Frank Sinatra's band. He played for many years in Los Angeles before returning to the Philadelphia area.

He counts Johnny Smith, Hank Garland, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Wes Montgomery, Howard Roberts, Jim Hall, and Pat Martino amongst his influences.

In March, 2011 Jimmy opened up Jimmy Bruno's Guitar Workshop, a website that allows students to learn directly from Jimmy through video lessons. A student can watch video lessons of Jimmy teaching, record a video and send it to Jimmy for his review.

Selected discography

Hollywood Gypsy (1986) - with the Tommy Tedesco Trio,

Sleight of Hand (1992), Concord,

Burnin' (1994), Concord,

Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995), Concord - with Howard Alden & Frank Vignola,

Like That (1996), Concord - with Joey DeFrancesco,

Live at Birdland One (1997), Concord,

Full Circle (1998), Concord - with Howard Alden,

Live at Birdland Two (1999), Concord,

Polarity (2000), Concord - with Joe Beck,

Two for the Road (2000) - with John Leitham, now Jennifer Leitham,

Midnight Blue (2001), Concord,

Heading North (2001) - with Jack Wilkins,

Solo (2004), Guitar Sessions,

MB3 Jazz Hits, Volume 1 (2006) - with Vic Juris & Corey Christiansen,

Maplewood Avenue (2007), Affiliated Artists,

Selected bibliography

Art of Picking, Mel Bay,

Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist,

No Nonsense Jazz Guitar, Mel Bay, DVD