Bob Bruce Master Guitarist

Why book Bob Bruce Master Guitarist?

Master Guitarist Bob Bruce is fluent in both classical and jazz guitar. He specializes in solo guitar as well as leading his own jazz quartets, trios and duos for any event. Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Weddings, Dinners, Corporate Events and more! The Bob Bruce Jazz Group has been performing for over 25 years in the Chicago area for hundreds of satisfied clients.

Solo work ranges from Bach to Bop to Stevie Wonder!

Master Guitarist Bob Bruce has been lauded as being an "exquisite musician" known for his "improvisation and arrangements" of jazz and pop tunes.

We are here to make your event "SOUND" terrific.

Please contact us for a no-obligation quote for your specific event.





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Utmost professional musicians

I booked The Bob Bruce Jazz duo for my wedding event yesterday and I just have to say that they did an outstanding job. My guests couldn't give them enough praise and thoroughly enjoyed their music. Their performance set the tone with their ambient and very classy jazz standards and allowed for a wonderful and successful wedding reception. I would DEFINITELY recommend hiring this band!! They are serious about their craft and are the most professional guys in the business. Two thumbs way up for these guys.

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Reviewer: Kimberly J.
Event: Wedding Reception in Arlington Heights, IL
Event Date: Sep 21, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist, Jazz Band, Jazz Guitarist
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Sounded Great

We needed a last minute band and Bruce and his jazz band were accomodating and a great fit for our party.

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Reviewer: Tiana J.
Event: Holiday Party in Wheaton, IL
Event Date: Jan 17, 2014
Hired As: Jazz Band
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Talented, Professional, and Friendly

Bob responded to my request almost immediately. He was very easy to communicate with. He was hired to play for my Father's funeral. He did an amazing job! His music helped soothe our hurting souls. His choice of songs while the deacon performed the mass was superb. Bob was also such a pleasant guy overall. I would definitely recommend this musician for any type of event.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Maharay G.
Event: Funeral Service in Wheeling, IL
Event Date: Dec 7, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist, Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $250 to $1600, depending on length of performance
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: We Are Not Affiliated With The Union.


We play great jazz, suitable for a listening experience or as background music. Always playing the best in jazz with great taste.

Additional Booking Notes

We bring our own electrical equipment, extension cords, etc. We only ask that we are situated near electrical outlets and there is sufficient space for the group.

Bob Bruce Master Guitarist

Welcome to my Gig Salad web page.


I am 1000% dedicated to helping YOU make YOUR event the best event possible. I am a totally dedicated musician. Music is my passion. Music is how I make my living and if I don't play well, then, I don't get the gigs. So I give every ounce of my musical being to playing my best for YOU at YOUR special event: from weddings to private parties to corporate events. My sole purpose is to make great music and make YOU and YOUR guests happy.


I have a unique solo guitar style. I am a Master Guitarist and can play jazz, classical and acoustic style pop. Not to mention Chet Atkins style guitar. You won't find too many guitarists that can do that. I can play jazz standards from Ellington to Brubeck to Miles. And then I can play pop standards by the Beatles, BeeGees, and Stevie Wonder. Then I can switch to great classical music for guitar such as Bach and others.

As a classical guitarist, I play some of the most beautiful, easy listening classical music in the world. Sure to make you event classycal!

I love playing some of the great hits from popular music, Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and more!

How about some swinging jazz guitar for your private or corporate party? I play swing, ballads, fast, slow, and the best from the Great American Songbook.

And to top it off, how about a swinging jazz trio featuring guitar, upright bass and drums? Perfect for Dinner Parties, Corporate Events and More!


1. I offer YOU diversity in music - different styles to keep it musically interesting. Or, if you just want some intimate quiet guitar music, I can do that, too!
2. I will offer to play overtime up to 45 minutes at no extra charge!
3. I pay the Gig Salad fee for you!
4. I don't charge travel expenses or any extra fees.
5. My prices are fair and reasonable for both YOU and me.
6. If there is a jazz or pop tune you want me to play as an instrumental, then I will learn it for you at no charge!
7. I am available to you 7 days a week to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding your event.
8. I am also available by SKYPE if you want to discuss your event person to person ala video!
9. I am exceptionally easy to work with and will go out of my way work with you and give you what YOU need musically for YOUR event!
10. I am professional, responsible, caring and understanding and will always do more than my best for YOU.


I am a full time musician. This is what I love to do. Music is my passion and my mission is to play at YOUR event and make great music and make sure I live up to YOUR expectations. Like I said, I am highly responsible, to a fault. And I will show up at your event at least one hour before scheduled play time to set up and check in with you.


If you are a club or restaurant owner hiring me or my jazz trio, I will help promote my gig at YOUR establishment. I advertise on an email list that has 8,000 opt-in members who listen to music and go to clubs, especially jazz clubs. The eblast goes out once a week via CHICAGO JAZZ MAGAZINE, a highly respected publication in Chicagoland. And if you hire me, then I will list my gig at YOUR venue as an advertisement on that eblast list at no charge! It's a WIN-WIN- situation.

NOT DONE YET, SAVINGS FOR YOU!: If you hire me on Gig Salad within 24 hours of my bid, I will knock off 10% from my quote!


Some of the musical possibilities I offer are

-Solo Guitar (Jazz, pop, light classical)
-Jazz Duo (Guitar with either Bass, Sax, Vibraphone or Marimba)
-Jazz Trio (Guitar, Bass, Drums)
-Jazz Quartet (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano)

That should give you some ideas to work with when planning your event.

"Bob Bruce is an exciting jazz guitarist recognized for his wonderful interpretations of jazz and pop standards. Blending mainstream lines with a wonderful sense of harmony, he creates imaginative ensemble arrangements and rich solo guitar pieces. He has played at venues and for clients such as Andy's Jazz Club, Pops, Field Museum, American Medical Association, and numerous private and corporate events."

I truly look forward to playing at your event! And I hope to be able to talk with you soon to discuss your musical needs.

Bob Bruce

Set List

We like to include popular jazz tunes that the general public has heard and recognizes.

Influences & Inspiration

All the great jazz guitarists from Wes Montgomery to George Benson

Setup Requirements

electrical outlets and electrical extension cords