Whether performing on guitar or bass, Jeff Brueske brings a refined soulfulness and responsive ear to every collaboration. He has played bass with Grammy winner Ted Nash, Wessel Anderson, Ron Miles, Marcus Printup, Tim Armacost, singer Kristen Lee Sergeant and Twin Cities luminaries Dennis Spears, Debbie Duncan, Connie Evingson, Carei Thomas, Chris Lomheim and Bobby Peterson. As a guitarist he studied under maestro Jeffrey Van and has performed for over 25 years. Jeff is also a singer with a chorister's technique, coupled with the spontaneous delivery of a 1940's crooner.
Jeff received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in classical guitar before studying double bass under Anthony Cox, Robert Anderson of the Minnesota Orchestra, and briefly with the late Dennis Irwin.
Jeff's collaborations include work with Alvin Ailey alums TUDance , the Southern Theater's "Empire at Twilight" series, and in a joint concert with the Bakken Trio and his group Sidewalk Café. He was featured in the Orchestra Hall premiere and recording of Jeremy Walker's "7 Psalms" and with Consortium Carissimi's "Alma Gentil" and "Early Baroque Meets Jazz." For over nine years Jeff's bass chops and singing were spotlighted every weekend with JoAnn Funk's "Jazz in the Lobby Bar" at the historic St Paul Hotel. He has recorded several CD's with Sidewalk Cafe and JoAnn Funk and regularly performs with Sidewalk Cafe and as a freelancer.
As a soloist he provides educational and enrichment programs featuring music and stories of the Swing Era. Jeff is also adjunct bass instructor at Bethel University and University of Northwestern.