Bruce Forman

“Bruce Forman is one of the great lights of our age.”
– Barney Kessel, Jazz Times

“Bruce Forman is a wonderful guitarist; extremely versatile and very musical…a first-rate accompanist and soloist.”
– Kenny Burrell

A hectic touring schedule; seventeen recordings as a leader; countless sideman recording dates–including a featured role on one of jazz great Ray Brown’s last albums; soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—including Academy Award winning Million Dollar Baby; producer, arranger, and acclaimed educator; in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Dept.—when does Bruce Forman rest?

Forman is a seasoned jazz player with top-level skills as a leader, entertainer and sideman. He creates soulful, lyrical melodies, inventive harmonies, and solid accompaniment. Though he can shred bebop at blistering tempos with the best of ‘em, he is no urban snob. Cow Bop, Forman’s unique “western bebop” band, hit four separate charts with its CDs, Swingin’ Out West, Route 66, Too Hick for the Room andCowlifornia Swing. Having won the Route 66 Challenge three times with Cow Bop, he created a linear music festival in 2013 with USC’s Thornton School of Music, calledMusic Licks on 66, establishing a new paradigm for touring and the use of social media, included in a mentoring model that is both innovative and collaborative.

Forman also has long-standing experience as a distinguished music educator and in-kind philanthropist. His national music-mentoring program, JazzMasters Workshop, provided over 2,500 sessions for young students.  Always free of charge, JazzMasters’ sessions occurred during after-school hours, and the program enriched lives and helped develop numerous musicians who have gone on to promising careers.

 Elizabeth Lamers has extensive experience in both the performance and production sides of the music and entertainment industries.
As a songwriter, Elizabeth has written songs for numerous recording artists, two of which received platinum album awards (Queen & Jeffrey Osbourne).  In 1997, she shared the coveted Ivor Novello Award (the British equivalent of a Grammy) with Frank Musker and Brian May (lead guitarist of Queen) for a song they wrote, which was sung by Freddy Mercury and released on Queens’s last group record.  The song, “Too Much Love will Killl You,” was awarded Best Song of the Year, Musically & Lyrically.
As a vocalist, Elizabeth has performed around the world as a back up singer with Linda Rondstadt (and Nelson Riddle), Christopher Cross, and John Denver.  She has sung in many of the internationally renown music and concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall in London, Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Sidney Opera House in Australia, and closer to home, at the Hollywood Bowl, the Universal Ampitheater, and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
Working in film and television, Elizabeth has lent her vocal talents to many Warner Brothers cartoons including Animaniacs, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and The Big Cartooney Show.  She has more recently completed work for the sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.”
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Musicology from UCLA, with a minor in Astrophysics and has produced and hosted programming for both jazz (KKIZ) and classical (KMozart) radio stations. In addition, she hosted a weekly show on KCSN, “Listening to Movies,” which explored scoring for films and soundtracks.
Elizabeth makes her home in Southern California.

The concert will be held at the home of Dale and Sue Boatman in Rancho Cucamonga.

Sunday, September 20

7:00 to 9:30

email dale175@aol for reservations and directions

For complete details go to:                COMING EVENTS/CalJAS Presents