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Musician. Educator. Entrepreneur. Social Activist

Dr. Brandon Bernstein is a musician, educator, entrepreneur and social activist. He is a published author and a TED speaker. Bernstein was a professor at USC, University of Louisville, Pasadena City College, Musicians Institute, Cypress College, and Chaffey College where he lectured undergraduate and graduate students since 2003. In 2015 Bernstein founded the social enterprise Music Lifeboat following his passion to make high quality education more accessible. 

"Brandon Bernstein has one of the most gorgeous guitar sounds I have ever heard on record. Whether he's playing with a pick or with his fingers, its just so warm, balanced, and rich. His solo version of But Beautiful is one of those rare gems. Played with that quality of sound that invites the listener into another world, Brandon subtly transforms this old chestnut into something very magical. There is much humanity in Brandon's artistry."(Larry Koonse, guitarist)

"Brandon Bernstein has a sensitive touch on the guitar, a vibrant sound, and a wonderful sense of melodic direction. His debut CD is simply beautiful." (Roddy Ellias, guitarist)


"Brandon Bernstein is one of the most impressive young guitarists on the scene. He is musically creative and his high level of craft is tempered with deep introspection. I look forward to hearing everything he comes out with." (Sid Jacobs, guitarist)


"On this CD of tastefully rendered standards Brandon Bernstein displays a great sound, excellent feel, and just the right amount of irreverence." (Ben Monder, guitarist)


" Guitarist Brandon Bernstein Is coming out of the tradition of great mainstream jazz guitar, but he is already finding his own voice. He swings, has a great sound and melodic sensibility and demonstrates a real conversational rapport with his bandmates. I thoroughly enjoy playing with Brandon and look forward to following his career." (John Stowell, guitarist)


"Brandon Bernstein is a sensitive and serious guitarist whose sincerity bodes well for this great art form." (Putter Smith, bassist)

"But Beautiful is not just for guitar aficionados, it offers any appreciator of jazz that prefers beautiful melodies, lush arrangements and respective historical appreciation for the standards a welcomed opportunity for an enjoyable listen, Bernstein and his trio have put together a thoughtful and enjoyable set of jazz standards that go down easy and leave you satisfied for many hours, highly recommended." (Jazz Times)   ....more press

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