Bruce McDaniel (born
September 23 1962) is an American musician, composer and recording engineer, currently living in New York.
Bruce McDaniel was born in
Boston, Massachusettsof Mexican and Scottish parents on 23 September 1962and grew up in New York. He was raised by musical parents who met while attending the Juilliard Schoolof Music. He had an early start in NYC's underground punk rockscene as lead guitarist for the Sic F*ckswith Tish Bellomoand Snooky Bellomo, a band who, despite the inability to have their name said on the radio, parlayed their comedy-punk spectacle to a feature in PlayboyMagazine and movie appearances, including 1982's Alone in the Dark.
After the dissolution of the late '70s punk scene, McDaniel laid low for much of the '80s, recording jingles and demos. A group of these demos, recorded under the name Life of Riley (featuring
Peter Engischand Perry Gartner) were picked up by Grammy-award nominated producer Paul Wickliffe, who produced an album's worth of material for the group, only to have the arrangement (and the group) dissolve under contract disputes. Several of these tracks can be heard on the McDaniel/Gartner collection Ongepotchket.
Through the '90s, he served as guitarist and bassist for R&B singer
Vaneese Thomas, daughter of soul icon Rufus Thomas, known for her 1987 top 20 hits "Let's Talk It Over" and "(I Wanna Get) Close To You". McDaniel was ultimately elevated to the role of musical director of her touring band, a job which he still holds.
The '90s also saw the formation of McDaniel's band Nine Men's Morris and their first release
Monster In My Stomachon Segue Records. McDaniel provided the songs, guitars and lead vocals, and was joined by Gartner on drums and bassist Donald Kyle. The follow-up album, "It's A Wonderful Life", was released in 2004 to excellent reviews, with the title cut being featured on MTV's show Made.
In 2000, McDaniel extended his musical horizons by composing a ballet,
Alice in Wonderland, set on the East Coast Youth Ballet. The ballet was performed in 2001 and 2002 at the Rich Forum and Palace Theater in Stamford, Connecticutto sold-out houses and rave reviews.
McDaniel has also performed/recorded with
Gil Parris, Valerie Capers, Carla Thomas, Shawn Pelton, Sid McGinnis, Wayne Pedzwater, Jill Sobule, Nick Moroch, Paul Adamy, Shelton Becton, Chieli Minucci, Eileen Ivers, Tommy Mandel, and the Ed Palermo Big Band, among others.
As of December 2006, he is the lead vocalist and guitar player for Nine Men's Morris, and can be seen singing the music of
Frank Zappawith the Ed Palermo Big Band.
Nine Men's Morris
*Monster In My Stomach - 1999
*It's A Wonderful Life - 2004
*Ongepotchket - 1997
*Mile 23 (
Dana Edelman) - 2005
Gil Parris) - 2006
* [http://www.ninemensmorris.net NineMensMorris.net] , official website of the Nine Men's Morris band
* [http://www.palermobigband.com palermobigband.com] , official website of the Ed Palermo Big Band
* [http://www.seguerecords.com seguerecords.com] , official website of Segue Records
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:9s9sa9rgw23s allmusic.com] , Bruce McDaniel page on allmusic.com
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