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  • "Like Tony Bennett himself, Eddie Bruce is charismatic and witty and engaging and you feel like all he wants to do in life is to make you, the audience happy. He did."
    Stu Hamstra’s Cabaret Hotline – Review by Sue Matsuki Oct. 2012

  • "What a handsome, exciting singer! He's a real asset to this business. He's just magnetic and what a voice! He also has GREAT diction."
    Cabaret Legend Julie Wilson said about Eddie’s show at Feinstein’s – October 7, 2012

  • “In my time I’ve been in on some outstanding musical events, and the tribute to Tony Bennett you put on, ranks with the best programs I’ve been fortunate enough to witness. You have honed your craft to the point of excellence!”
    ~WRTI-FM’s Bob Perkins, Jazz Music Program Host

  • “Eddie Bruce has a wonderful voice. His stage manner, tone and breath control are excellent. We thank him for gracing our room.”
    ~ Michael Feinstein

  • Eddie sings … beautifully. He’s a natural. You warm to him immediately. He’s funny, has a beautiful voice, and his Tom Adams Trio is truly remarkable. You’ll leave with a smile on your face – guaranteed!
    ~ Cabaret Scenes — Harold Sanditen

  • "Eddie Bruce in “Once in a Lifetime”, Eddie Bruce is a charming example of a pro with an easy-to-listen to style filled with pleasing vocal nuance."
    ~ Examiner.com — Sandi Durell

  • "Eddie Bruce Triumphs in Nightclub Act Devoted to Tony Bennett!"
    ~Talkinbroadway.com — Barbara and Scott Siegel

  • “Everything … vocals, accompaniment, song choices — just right!"
    ~International Tony Bennett Appreciation Society — Mark Fox, President

  • “One real test of the enduring value of an album is whether you play it more than once. I play Eddie Bruce’s “Bruce on Bennett” constantly because it is so fresh, dynamic and riveting."
    ~Author David Evanier, All the Things You Are, The Life of Tony Bennett

  • “Eddie Bruce calls his new Tony Bennett tribute CD, “Bruce on Bennett” having heard the disc “Bruce Is Bennett,” might more appropriate. Bruce has the T.B. warble down perfectly …"
    ~ Philadelphia Daily News — Jonathan Takiff, Music Critic

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Feb
27

The Review is in! Eddie at 54 Below

Eddie Bruce, who seemed to have brought half of Philadelphia with him to 54 Below on February 18th, is a classic crooner from the golden age of crooners. His patter, smooth technique and attire are all skillfully of one piece. He knows who he is and what to do. His show featured medleys of Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Webb songs with a finale of Stephen Sondheim’s “Being Alive” in which style and substance came together movingly.
 

Bruce’s voice is an evocative cross between Sinatra and Bennett, with Bennett the major portion. He doesn’t mimic these two, of course, but is definitely inspired by them, as evident in his “Without a Song Medley”: “Without a Song” (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu), “Lady Be Good” (the Gershwins), “Blue Skies” (Berlin) and “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” (James Hanley). There was a long section of songs written by Sammy Cahn, including a clever use of an interview Bruce did with Cahn. He was particularly at ease and expressive in the Cahn songs. He swung with “Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week” (Styne) and “Come Fly With Me” (Van Heusen) and took “Call Me Irresponsible” (Van Heusen) at an unusually slow pace, finding new meanings in the words.
 

Burt Bacharach’s songs aren’t as good a fit, but his passionate rendition of “Alfie” (Hal David) made his love of Bacharach evident. He claimed that he never really understood the song until he substituted the name of his daughter for “Alfie.” This “gimmick” worked its magic.
 

“Some Enchanted Evening” (Rodgers & Hammerstein) had a conversational feel that was very effective. His energetic backup trio was led by Tom Adams on piano and included the adroit bassist Andy Lalasis and fine drummer Grant MacAvoy.
 

54 Below
254 West 54th St. (between Broadway and 8th Ave.)
New York, NY
Tickets and Information: 646-476-3551 or www.54below.com

Article by: Joel Benjamin
Theater Pizzazz

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