A guitarist and bassist for over two decades, Jeff Brueske brings a refined soulfulness and responsive ear to every collaboration. On bass he has performed with Grammy winner Ted Nash, Wessel Anderson, Ron Miles, Marcus Printup, Tim Armacost, singer Kristen Lee Sergeant and a host of Twin Cities luminaries including Dennis Spears, Debbie Duncan, Connie Evingson, Carei Thomas, Chris Lomheim and the late 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 grew up in a musical family and his college and graduate studies in guitar strengthened his musical interest. Later his personal study of jazz led to a fascination with the noble sound of the bass, and he studied under Anthony Cox, Robert Anderson of the Minnesota Orchestra, and briefly with the late Dennis Irwin.
Jeff has collaborated 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 recent "Alma Gentil." 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 the Orchestra Hall Atrium Jazz Trio and Sidewalk Cafe.
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, and directs and composes for the chapel choir at University Lutheran Chapel, Minneapolis. He and his wife, their son, and a dog enjoy life among the lakes, bearded hipsters, and brewpubs of South Minneapolis.