Category: Music Music Night at Bogies | CAB w/ BUNNY BRUNEL (Cover $20)

Music Night at Bogies | CAB w/ BUNNY BRUNEL (Cover $20)

October 9, 2018

TUESDAY | October 9, 2018 | 7:30pm | Music Night at Bogies | CAB w/ BUNNY BRUNEL (Cover $20)


There is a fine line between genius and insanity.  This musical GENIUS who puts out INSANE music executes pulsating rhythms on his bass with scary accuracy, flawless precision, and hauntingly beautiful melodies. Bunny Brunel is the jazz fusion version of the “closest thing to heaven” you’ll ever get with a talent that is simply . . . other-worldly!

A seed is planted—a movement is created; and behind that movement, the greatest minds exist.  When it comes to the bass, Bunny Brunel is the gardener and one of those great minds.  From defining his signature style on fretless, upright, and electric basses, to authoring numerous instructional books on bass technique and theory, there is no end to Brunel’s musical mind.  But how many legendary virtuoso instrumentalists do you know who not only design their instruments, but build them, too?  Having designed for Carvin for over 25 years, Brunel is now a designer for ESP Guitars.  He also created and custom built the Rolls Royce of basses—the Bunny Brunel Electric Upright Bass(BBEUB). As if that weren’t enough, Bunny has composed music with lush arrangements on his releases from the start of his career on his first album Touch to his latest, titled Bass Ball; and somewhere in the middle, his Band CAB earned a Grammy nomination for CAB 2 – Best Contemporary Jazz Album; and early in Brunel’s career as a member of Chick Corea’s Band, Secret Agent received a Grammy nomination. The endlessly talented Bunny Brunel also scores films, and collaborated and performed the theme for Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning masterpiece The Unforgiven.  But most importantly, Bunny is known around the world as one of the four great bassists who started the jazz-fusion bass movement along with Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, and Jeff Berlin.

Born in the South of France, Bunny Brunel’s first instrument was the piano, and because his mother was a huge jazz fan, he was exposed to jazz at a very young age. He was able to play jazz chords by ear.

“While I was attending a specialized college for hotels, I found a classical guitar where the headstock was broken. I had it remade by a cabinetmaker friend of mine and played guitar in a band. I was about 15 years old at the time. I knew about 3 or 4 chords and that’s how it started. I was asked to rent a bass for a new bass player who never showed up for rehearsal and ended up playing the bass. That was the day I became a bass player—and I loved it!” —Bunny Brunel

Bunny attended the Classical Conservatory in Nice, France, to learn bowing technique, but was mostly a self-taught bass player who drew his influences from Sam Jones, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Eddy Gomez, Miroslav Vitous, and Stanley Clarke.

In his early 20s, while playing at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Club in London with Tania Maria, Yes/Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz introduced Bunny to fusion keyboardist Chick Corea. Once Chick heard Bunny play, a few months later he hired him to record on his album Secret Agent. Bunny played with Chick Corea for almost a decade, and has since played with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Ziggy Marley, Gloria Estefan, Jack De Johnette, Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Milt Jackson, Steve Grossman, and more. Bunny Brunel is a rare musician. He makes his bass sing.

Patrick Moraz of Yes and Moody Blues when he first met Bunny Brunel back in 1978:
“There are really only four real [fusion] bass players: Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Berlin, Stanley Clarke, and you, Bunny Brunel!”

Taking an active interest in helping bass players, Brunel regularly gives seminars on his unique approach to the instrument. He has written several books available through Mel Bay Publications, Hal Leonard Publications, as well as instruction DVDs. He performs regularly, and is part of a new group called iNow, a trio with Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moody Blues) and Virgil Donati.

A melodic writer, Bunny Brunel always found it necessary to create memorable melodic overtones fused with modal changes and dexterous playing. Hearing his music transcends most recordings from the fusion genre simply because even after listening and being blown away by the execution and profound changes—as complex as his music is—you walk away humming his melodies. But you are cheating yourself if you haven’t seen him perform. Experiencing Bunny Brunel live in concert is transformative as well as spiritual. Nothing compares to the auditory sensory fulfillment when you drink in a performance by this masterful bass sorcerer!

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