A native of the Baltimore area, Bruce Flowers first discovered his love of music at age four when his mother purchased a used piano for $300. He graduated from the New England Conservatory and the Berklee School of Music, where he studied theory and composition. Flowers’ passion for playing around the Boston club scene prompted an introduction to internationally-known Art Blakey alumnus and saxophonist Bobby Watson, who encouraged him to move to New York. Before departing for New York, Flowers composed the score for Squeeze, a Miramax Pictures feature film.
By 1996, Flowers had moved to New York City, where he met his future business partner, internationally-renowned drummer and producer Poogie Bell. In that same year, Flowers was introduced to jazz legend Betty Carter during an engagement at the Blue Note. Invited to sit in with the band, he played for Betty and won her over. He worked with Ms. Carter until her untimely passing in September of 1998.
Flowers has recorded and toured internationally and throughout the U.S. with many artists, including Marcus Miller, Brian McKnight, Betty Carter, Queen Latifah, Patti Austin, Erykah Badu, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Bobby Watson, David Murray, Ronny Jordan, Alex Bugnon, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Lalah Hathaway, Gerald Albright, Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney, and Hiram Bullock.
His latest ventures include ownership of an Internet software consultancy called Flexmedia, and he is a partner in the music licensing firm 718music. Flowers continues to compose for film and television, and he works as a producer and session keyboardist/arranger in the New York area.