Eddie Bruce is a natural performer – he always has been! A passionate fan of jazz standards, especially the music of Tony Bennett, it’s no surprise that he has become one of the nation’s foremost interpreters of Bennett’s music. His shows include songs written by such legendary composers and lyricists as Sammy Cahn and Johnny Mercer and in addition to the music sung by Bennett, he sings the music made popular by Anthony Newley, Sammy Davis, Jr, Frank Sinatra and many others. What makes Eddie’s performances stand out is his engaging style. Ask Michael Feinstein who said after a recent Feinstein’s performance in New York, “Eddie Bruce has a wonderful voice. And, his stage presence, tone and breath control are just as good.”
Singing and performing all his life, Eddie began in the media as a child-star in Philadelphia, going on to become one of the region’s most popular bandleaders and masters of ceremonies. Never one to shy away from the media, Eddie was a radio talk- show host for many years on WWDB-FM and the original host of “Dancin’ on Air,” a popular TV show in the 80’s. He was seen repeatedly this past year hosting the reunion shows of “Dancin’ on Air” on Channel 17, WPHL-TV.
It’s as if Eddie has combined all his experiences and wrapped them in a glorious package of the consummate entertainer who knows instinctively how to engage his audiences. Eddie performs across the country – from Philadelphia to New York and LA. He is booked for a return engagement at Feinstein’s in the Loews Regency Hotel on October 7, 2012. When he presented his “Bruce on Bennett” show at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, he was their #1 box office attraction in the history of their cabaret. And, currently, he’s been headlining for over a year every Friday night at Philadelphia’s only casino, SugarHouse Casino.
Always complimented for his engaging style with audiences, in Cabaret Scenes, the critic wrote, “Eddie Bruce has great talent for entertaining his audience. He’s a natural. You warm to him immediately. He’s funny and has a beautiful voice.” In Cabaret Scenes, one reviewer wrote … “You’ll leave with a smile on your face – guaranteed!”
Bruce’s recording, “Bruce on Bennett,” was released with great reviews as well. One of his selections, “If I Ruled the World,” was used in a documentary Google World, a behind-the-scenes documentary aired on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Television. Roy Sanders’ wrote in bistroawards.com his “CD is wonderful” and Philadelphia’s most respected pop music critic, Jonathan Takiff of the Philadelphia Daily News, saying … “Eddie Bruce calls his new CD and cabaret show ‘Bruce on Bennett.’ But having heard the disc, ‘Bruce IS Bennett’ might be more appropriate.” Mark Fox, the president of the International Tony Bennett Appreciation Society reviewed it with great respect. He said, “Everything … vocals, accompaniment, song choices – is just right! Loved ‘Old Devil Moon’, with a nod to Tony’s lung bursting ‘….looooooove…’ which I think he held even longer!”
A man with a strong commitment to supporting the community, Eddie was proud to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Variety – the Children’s Charity for his extraordinary work with children who have disabilities. For four years he produced, hosted and performed in The Kids with Heart Talent Show, making the kids the real stars of the event. In 2012, he produced and starred in another fundraising event – A Tribute to Tony Bennett in Words & Music, a Literary Music Event with Bennett biographer David Evanier and WRTI’s jazz icon Bob Perkins. Benefitting the Center for Literacy, it took place at Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre and surpassed all their fundraising goals. Other charities he has volunteered to support are The Eagles Fly For Leukemia, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Golden Slipper, The Breast Health Institute and The Chef Aid Gala for Manna among many others.
Eddie, who is part of the fiber of Philadelphia, was a long time friend of Phillies legendary broadcaster, Harry Kalas, and felt great honor in singing Harry’s favorite song, “High Hopes” at both his memorial service and the unveiling of his statue this summer at Citizens Bank Park. In 2010, Eddie hosted the Mayor of Philadelphia’s 2010 Press Conference for that great Philadelphia tradition – the Mummers Parade, as well as SugarHouse Casino’s One Year Anniversary day-long celebration.
Born in Philadelphia, Eddie began his professional career as a child performing on television talent shows, in local theater, and events throughout the city. He remembers fondly his many appearances on the Al Albert’s Showcase, on the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. Alberts, an original member of The Four Aces, made Eddie a regular on his television show. He also sang on The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour at the Ed Sullivan Studio in New York.
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