Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

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:

Saturday, December 3 2022 7:45 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Ghost In The House Collective unites for a spirited musical and visual celebration paying tribute to former band mates Richard Waters, Tom Nunn and Kinji Hayashi including a performance of, “A Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe. Music to include ~ A Dream (Poe), Waterphone Calling, Innocence Walks a Dark Path and others. Films to include ~ The Weight of the News ~ dance excerpt with Kinji Hayashi, Skatch Garden – featuring Tom Nunn’s Skatchart and others.  More...
Wednesday, December 7 2022 7:30 PM
Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
SOME OTHER STUFF: The Music of Grachan Moncur III
Rob Ewing (trombone), Bruce Ackley (sax), Dave Casini (vibes), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Jordan Glenn (drums)  More...
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
Bruce Ackley with Aurora and Gino Robair
Bruce Ackley and Eugene Chadbourne
CDs on which Bruce Ackley appears:
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