Biography


 
    








 Bruce Mallatratt, a native of the Philadelphia area, has been performing professionally over 41 years and playing drums for a total of over 51 years.

His background includes an Associates of Music Degree as a percussion major from Bucks County Community College and private drum set studies with Carl Mattola, Ed Blackwell, Alan Dawson, Gary Chester, and others.

Teaching experience includes private lessons, drum corps; Percussion Director at Arch Bishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA; drum instruction at Rockingham County Middle School in North Carolina and clinics for the Martinsville High School jazz band in Virginia.

Bruce has performed a wide range of genres in various cities on the East Coast and in Europe with local ensembles as well as his own.  Appearances with Philadelphia area groups include: Bootsie Barnes, Don Patterson, City Rhythm Orchestra, Dave Posmontier, and Al ‘Sax’ Berry.  In the Triad area of North Carolina, Bruce has performed with the Joe Robinson Quartet, as member of the Martinsville Community Big Band and Melva Houston.  He also performs with his own group, called Real Jazz.

Some of the featured artists that Bruce has showcased with his own band are Al Cohn, Clifford Jordan, Curtis Fuller, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Dizzie Reese, Pepper Adams, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, and Cecil Bridgewater.  His ensemble has also performed as the opening act for artists such as Branford Marsalis, and Maynard Ferguson.

Bruce is the founder and organizer of the Eden Jazz Fest.