Eddie Bruce is the consummate entertainer. For more than 25 years, he has been performing his unique repertoire of music that ranges from Top 40, R & B, Disco and house music to Swing and Sinatra. His interest in music began when he was a child, and he has never wavered from this passion. He has blended his natural entrepreneurial skills with his love of music and created one of the most successful orchestras in the region and one of the best reputations as a much sought-after performer. Whether he's entertaining a group of 50 or 500, there's no one better as the leader of an orchestra that entertains at social and corporate events. A regular at Caesar's in Atlantic City, the Eddie Bruce Orchestra has also performed at Bally's Park Place, the Etess Arena of Trump Taj Mahal as well as such major events as the prestigious Grand Gala Opening of the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Added to his great satisfaction in producing outstanding musical events and celebrations, Eddie Bruce has a dual-career as a cabaret artist. He has performed cabaret in the past ten years at Bally's in Atlantic City, Odette's in New Hope and in New York at 88's, The Supper Club and Danny's. In 2009, he is performing "Bruce on Bennett" in Philadelphia and New York, his tribute show to the legendary Tony Bennett. In February 2009, he is proud to be included in the popular subscription series at Morgan's Cabaret at the Prince Music Theater where he is joining such nationally recognized artists as Andrea Marcovicci, Christine Andreas, Steve Ross and Barbara Brussell. On March 29, he took this show to the Metropolitan Room in New York.
Another cabaret show he is proud to present is "Newley Discovered", his tribute to the legendary composer, singer Anthony Newley. Re-inventing this show, when he performed it earlier in 2000, it was called "A winner on all counts" by Backstage. He's recorded two CD's "We'll Never Say Goodbye" and the newly released "Bruce on Bennett."
Born in Philadelphia, Bruce 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," (Al and Stella Alberts are members of the Broadcast Pioneers) appearing on the first show broadcast from WKBS-TV, Channel 48 and then continuing as a regular when it moved to WPVI-TV, Channel 6. As a member of the Al Alberts' Showstoppers, a regularly appearing group of local teens, Bruce made frequent appearances on the show and sang many duets with the host Al Alberts, an original member of The Four Aces. He also sang on The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour at the Ed Sullivan Studio in New York.
After attending Temple University's Radio, Television, and Film program, he formed his own band, "Compass," performing up and down the east coast from New York to Florida and west to Ohio and Michigan. With "Compass", he made his first recording "Spring of My Life." Following this, he came back to Philly and began what he thought was a short stint singing with a friend's wedding band. Thirty two years later, he's still doing it but now with the Eddie Bruce Orchestra. Throughout this time period, he had a major impact on the art of making music at weddings and parties that is still felt by the industry today.
Being on television frequently as a young performer, Eddie has always been comfortable in broadcast media. He is very proud that he was the first host of the 1980's hit show "Dancin' On Air" (produced by Broadcast Pioneers member Michael Nise and his dad, Frank Bise) and also hosted a show on Philadelphia's talk radio station, WWDB.
With a heart as big as the sounds that emanate from his orchestra, Eddie has always been involved in community efforts, lending his talent and compassion to enhance many charitable events. In February 2009, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Variety - The Children's Charity for his years of dedication and commitment to the children they serve. He has also worked with The Eagles Fly For Leukemia, Golden Slipper, The Breast Health Institute and The Chef Aid Gala for Manna among many others.
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