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Bruce Ackley
Saxophonist, composer, Rova member, band leader.
Born in 1948 in Detroit. A 1986 Bay Area Music award nominee for best saxophonist, Ackley has recorded with such noted musicians as John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, and Eugene Chadborne, and collaborated with trombone/electronics composer J.A. Deane on sound environments for the films of Bay Area film maker, David Machalak. He was a founding member of the Sound Clinic, an improvising wind trio, with trumpeter George Sams and saxophonist Lew Jordan and a 1970's precursor to the all-winds Rova, and participated in the founding of the Blue Dolphin, an artist-run alternative art space in San Francisco. He began playing saxophone in 1970, and formed his first trio that year in Detroit. As a disc jockey from 1973-75, Bruce presented jazz and new music programs on San Francisco's community sponsored station, KPOO.
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 29 2019 8:00 PM
The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Bruce Ackley & Henry Kaiser Explore The Music of Steve Lacy  More...
Friday, October 4 2019 8:00 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Burton Greene: Solo Piano; + Dunkelman/Ackley/Fluke-Mogul Trio  More...
Saturday, October 12 2019 8:00 PM
SF Live Arts @ St Cyprian's Church [Rova returns to the SF Live Arts series for the first time since fall 2017; the concert will feature several premieres, all composed by members of the band. Rova’s Bruce Ackley has been commissioned to create a work dedicated to longtime SF Live Ar]
Rova ( Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin) returns to the SF Live Arts series for the first time since fall 2017; the concert will feature several premieres, all composed by members of the band. Rova’s Bruce Ackley has been commissioned to create a work dedicated to longtime SF Live Arts assistant-director, community activist, friend and extraordinary artist, Marlene Aron. .. Provisionally titled Woven, the work centers around two of Aron’s most powerful works: Weep at the Beauty of her Stones and Ground, the Brown Earth Accepts Everything: Forest Prayer, and Woven in Time, Woven in Time, We Become — both paintings from 2016. Ackley’s work imagines the equal-sided shape corresponding to Rova’s 4 voices, and the detailed texture of the paintings’ surfaces, and their colors, informing the variegated quality of the sounds the quartet will create.  More...
Wednesday, October 23 2019 7:45 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
FACE OF A STRANGER (1977), a restored feature film by San Francisco filmmaker and musician David Michalak. Tonight’s premiere will feature a new score by the internationally acclaimed pianist, Thollem McDonas. Selected Film-Frame prints will be on view in the lobby and the show will open with a short set by Rova’s Bruce Ackley.  More...
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
Videos
Bruce Ackley with Aurora and Gino Robair
Bruce Ackley and Eugene Chadbourne
CDs on which Bruce Ackley appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Bruce Ackley Trio The Hearing
Artist: Bruce Ackley Trio
Title: The Hearing
Label: Avant Records Avan 069
Label page on this site: Avant Records
Avant Records Avan 069
T.D. Skatchit & Company Skatch Migration
Artist: T.D. Skatchit & Company
Title: Skatch Migration
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4103
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4103