Lonnie Liston Smith
|Bruce Jenkins (2016)|
(Photo by Rene Renard)
|Bruce Jenkins was born with unimpeachable musical genes on both sides. His mother was vocalist Beverly Mahr, and his father was composer- and arranger-to-the-stars Gordon Jenkins.
Bruce was born in Malibu in the years not long after the end of WW II, and his early neighbors and their guests included the likes of Merle Oberon, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Ronald Reagan. (Another guest was Charles Manson.)
Bruce attended Santa Monica High School, where he developed his knack for writing. In 1971, he graduated from UC Berkeley, where he was sports editor for the Daily Cal. Two years later he was hired by the San Francisco, and over four decades after that he's still there. ("Once a week", he adds, since he now works mostly from home.)
In 1986, Bruce had a life-changing experience on the north shore of Hawaii. The beach house he was staying in was overwhelmed by a rogue wave which destroyed it: he awoke with sand in his hair and the ocean at the door. After taking stock, he began to do exactly what he wanted to, covering big sporting events such as Wimbledon, the US Open, the Barcelona Olympics, and NBA finals.
Bruce has written several books, including "North Shore Chronicles", "A Good Man" on basketball coaching legend Pete Newell, and a biography of his father, "Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins"; his next book will be on the women surfers of San Francisco. He's recently had published the second in his series of easily digestible and funny books, "Shop Around: Growing up with Motown in a Sinatra Household—The Music that Changed My Life #2."
|# 1||Benny Goodman||More Camel Caravans||Goodbye||Phontastic|
|# 2||Beverly Mahr||The Complete Manhattan Tower||Married I Can Always Get||Capitol|
|# 3||Louis Armstrong||The Essential Louis Armstrong||Potato Head Blues||Columbia Legacy|
|# 4||Ray Charles||Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection||Them That Got||Rhino|
|# 5||Charlie Parker||Bird||Ornithology||Columbia Legacy|
|# 6||Nelson Riddle||45 RPM single||Route 66||Capitol|
|# 7||Lambert, Hendricks and Ross||The Hottest New Group in Jazz||Hi Fly||Columbia|
|# 8||Billy May||Oh, By Jingo||Sorta Dixie||Creative World Records|
|# 9||Wes Montgomery||Tequila||How Insensative||Verve|
|# 10||Stan Getz||The Definitive Stan Getz||Desafinado||Verve|
|# 11||Dexter Gordon||Ballads||You've Changed||Blue Note|
|Book||Gerald Nachman, "Seriously Funny"|
|Luxury Item||A Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer|