A native of Rochester New York, Bruce and his family have found a home in Nashville. Bruce studied jazz and classical music at New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, New York University (B.S.), Eastman School of Music (M.M.), and has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Bruce is Associate Professor of Music at Belmont University and adjunct professor of Jazz Piano at Vanderbilt University. He taught previously at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, and Middle Tennessee State University. He has performed in clubs and concert halls with his trio and quartets, and has served as accompanist to such jazz artists as Herb Ellis, Marvin Stamm, and his wife, vocalist Sandra Dudley, among many others. His recordings include DSPW Quartet – Live at the Cave, The Solo Sessions, Mostly Monk and Semblance. Bruce teaches advanced improvisation classes and ensembles at NJW.