The fact Brooklyn born Jenney is quite adept at mixing and blending in
the culinary quarters may come as no surprise after one hears one of his
Displaying an uncanny ability at mixing musical genres and styles Jenney
combines his talents as musician, vocalist, producer and arranger to yield
a ubiquitous blend of "smooth jazz", running the gamut from Latin
flavored aperitifs to Rhythm and Blues desserts
A look at the family tree shows Jenney's roots dig deep into music
tradition. Father George Jenney played trumpet with both Artie Shaw and
The Tommy Dorsey Band. Uncles Bob and Jack Jenney were both
employed as Trombonists, the later having an illustrious solo career as
well as being featured on Artie Shaw's gem "Stardust".
At the age of 17, Bruce enjoyed his entry into the professional musician's
world as part of a promotional package with Lucille Ball and Bob Hope,
not bad company to keep! However, soon afterwards Uncle Sam
requested his presence in another kind of company. The US Army
stationed him in Anchorage, Alaska.
While the nights were cold, Jenney helped heat things up as lead trumpet
in the 214th Army band. Jenney also played back up for touring acts such
as Nancy Wilson and Eta James when they came through the area.
Psychedelia and the summer of love provided the fertile backdrop for a
return to the civilian life, finding newly liberated GI soaking up the
Although arranging and the brass instruments were Jenney's true loves,
the guitar started to become a constant companion, often finding its way
into jam sessions with his fellow Greenwich Village chronies like Jimi
Hendrix, Curtis Knight and Felix Pappalardi, to name a few.
Throughout the late 60's Jenney recorded for numerous record labels and
finally scored a hit for Epic Records in 1970 with his band Soulosophy,
doing a funky and soulful remake of Elton John's "Take Me To The Pilot".
This served as a springboard in establishing Jenney as a noted arranger
and musician, leading stints with Steve Rossi, Slappy White and Gloria
Playing Trumpet, Trombone and French Horn was a regular thing at
National Recording Studios in New York City where many of the TV and
radio jingles were being recorded.
As the mirrored disco balls of the 70's faded into oblivion, Bruce's career
surges forward for the next two decades, finding its way through many
interesting and challenging musical situations.
In 1989 Jenney establishes JSC, ( Jenney Sound Company ) a small
independent recording studio and label In Amityville , New York where he
recorded and produced many new and up coming artists as well as
In 2014 Jenney moved south to Florida where he is enjoying the
sunshine and the relaxing atmosphere to creat more of the great
productions still in his creative soul.
20th Century Guitar Magizine.