“Real Jazz”, originated and lead by Bruce Mallatratt, is becoming a fixture in North Carolina’s Triad area jazz scene while helping to keep true jazz alive. This group’s blend of traditional straight-ahead jazz, latin jazz, funk and fusion sets it apart. The rich and captivating approach that is taken is accomplished by varying the tempos, genres, accompaniment during solos, the number of musicians playing at any given time, and the order of soloists.

Bruce draws on an impressive pool of talent from North Carolina’s triad area and varies the size of the group from a trio to a quintet to accommodate any venue.  Each player brings an individual style to the group, always keeping the Real Jazz sound interesting, dynamic and fresh.  At the same time the highest standard of quality is consistent in every performance.

The diverse repertoire of Real Jazz includes pieces by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Jeff Lorber, just to name a few. The uniqueness of the group is further illustrated with hip original arrangements of popular tunes such as Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles and others. The repertoire also includes fresh and unique original pieces.  The group’s approach to the dynamics in all its music can range from the subtlety of Bill Evans to the roar of Art Blakey, depending on the setting. 

When attending a Real Jazz performance, one can expect to hear authentic jazz music, not another form of music under the pretext of being Jazz.  One will hear and feel the heart, soul and essence of the great American art form that brings all people together.  One will know what to expect, yet expect the unexpected.


Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.”

—Ahmad Alaadeen