Reviews

The Medley Show at 54 Below in NYC

Theater Pizzazz’s Joel Benjamin reviews Eddie’s Performance
February 15, 2014

“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.”

The POPS’ Viva Philadelphia! Celebrates Philly’s Italian Musical Heritage

Broadway World’s Marakay Rogers Reviews The POPS’ Viva Philadelphia! October 16, 2013

“Bruce is a powerhouse vocalist, both as a fine Bennett interpreter (possibly the very best of them) and in his own right, and there was no doubt as to his deserved place on the POPS stage with the orchestra and Krajewski, even for those less familiar with his work but more familiar with the POPS.”

Delaware County News Network’s Betty Lou Roselle Reviews The POPS’ Viva Philadelphia! October 17, 2013

“Philly native Eddie Bruce wowed the audience with his Tony Bennett selections, especially his delivery of ‘How Do You Keep The Music Playing.’ ”

AFTER A CELEBRATION OF TONY BENNETT – FEINSTEIN’S, OCTOBER 7, 2012

Cabaret Legend Julie Wilson said about Eddie’s show at Feinstein’s – October 7, 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.”

Stu Hamstra’s Cabaret Hotline – Review by Sue Matsuki Oct. 2012

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.

My very first impressions which for Eddie were: Dreamy Voice; Flecks of Tony but still Eddie; Manly, Elegant, Sexy, Sincere; SMOKIN’ HOT band; jazzy but very much connected to his lyrics and finally, old school class act.

The show is a well-crafted show of great Tony tunes and anecdotes about Tony.

Eddie singing Tony’s greatest hits as Eddie Bruce, a completely marvelous singer in his own right.

A TRIBUTE TO TONY BENNETT IN WORDS & MUSIC

Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre – April 9, 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
“Host Eddie Bruce made sure the evening was an entertaining one by adding wit and charm to his performance with the Tom Adams Trio. (Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts) lived up to its artistic reputation, leaving another audience inspired by music and art and filled with knowledge and hope for the future.”

~Examiner.com – by Lesley Grigg
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“FEELING GOOD”

FEINSTEIN’S, NEW YORK–– October 9 and 10, 2011

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

~ Michael Feinstein
“Bruce has such charm, such talent, and such great musicality. His individuality is incredibly endearing.”

~ Examiner.com, New York edition – October 17, 2011- by Diane Janivit
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“Eddie Bruce may hail from Philadelphia, but he seems right at home onstage in New York City. With a tight three-man combo behind him consisting of piano, upright bass, and drums, Bruce has a charming stage personality.”

~ Womanaroundtown.com, New York edition – October 16, 2011 – by Alex DiBlasi
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LOS ANGELES DEBUT

THE M BAR IN HOLLYWOOD – July 22, 2011

“Eddie Bruce brings fresh, imaginative phrasing to songs we’ve heard forever, and has the pipes power to give them new life. He charmingly mixes his own musical history with a savvy appreciation of the Master, Tony Bennett, and the result is deft, often funny and consistently engaging.”

~By Bob Strauss, of the LA Daily News

“ONCE IN A LIFETIME … THE ANTHONY NEWLEY SONGBOOK”

FEINSTEIN’S, NEW YORK –– SEPTEMBER, 2010

Eddie sings … beautifully. He’s a natural. You warm to him immediately. He’s funny, has a beautiful voice, and his jazz band, the Tom Adams Trio, is truly remarkable. You’ll leave with a smile on your face – guaranteed!

~ Cabaret Scenes — Harold Sanditen
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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
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“ONCE IN A LIFETIME … THE ANTHONY NEWLEY SONGBOOK”

METROPOLITAN ROOM, NEW YORK –NOVEMBER 1, 2010

With his wonderful tribute to Anthony Newley, Eddie Bruce demonstrates once again he is as good an entertainer as he is a song stylist, and with his bravura performance of Newley’s “The Man Who Makes You Laugh” we see that he is also capable of dazzling artistry. Highly recommended.

~Roy Sander, critic and columnist (contributor to bistroawards.com)

“BRUCE ON BENNETT”

METROPOLITAN ROOM, NEW YORK– 2009

Eddie Bruce Triumphs in Nightclub Act Devoted to Tony Bennett!

~Talkinbroadway.com — Barbara and Scott Siegel
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A first-class vocalist with a voice that has the timbre of Bennett’s, but with less gravel.

~Bistroawards.com – Roy Sander
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EDDIE BRUCE’S CD REVIEW: BRUCE ON BENNETT

2009

“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 (Wiley)
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 … he adds an aura of emotion and vulnerability …

~ Philadelphia Daily News — Jonathan Takiff, Music Critic
There’s something very refreshing about the Bruce sound and voice: clean, very pleasing to the ear, but with thought behind it. Without vocally resembling Tony Bennett, Eddie Bruce captures … the legend’s taste, warmth and unpretentiousness, with splashes of the veteran singer’s style and stylings. “

~ Talkinbroadway.com — Rob Lester
Eddie has a great future in this business. Eddie is going to be around for a long time.
His take on IF I RULED THE WORLD and THE GOOD LIFE gives those classics new life.

~Big Band Swing – Jim Stone
Bruce’s CD is quite wonderful.

~Bistroawards.com – Roy Sander

EDDIE BRUCE’S PERFORMANCE AT THE PRINCE MUSIC THEATER

NEWLEY DISCOVERED

“Simply superb. He held the audience in the palm of his hand.”

~Philadelphia City Paper

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