Ronald Bruner Jr. is a Grammy award-winning American jazz drummer, composer and producer.




Bruner has been playing the drums since the age of two. His earliest influence was his father, Ronald Bruner Sr., a drummer who has performed and recorded with Diana RossThe TemptationsRandy Crawford, and Gladys Knight. He is the older brother of bassist Thundercat and keyboardist Jameel Bruner, formerly of The Internet.


Bruner began his professional career at the age of 15, which opened the door for him to perform with artists such as Wayne ShorterDianne Reeves, and Ron Carter. A few years later he became a regular member of Kenny Garrett's band. Over the years his style has diversified, including hardcore punk/crossover thrash with the band Suicidal Tendencies.[1]

His other credits already include Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett,  Stanley ClarkeRoy HargroveSuicidal TendenciesMarcus MillerGeorge DukeTribal TechLee Ritenour,Michael LandauKirk WhalumRobben FordLarry CarltonPatrice RushenRon CarterMelvin Lee DavisClark TerryDianne ReevesJohnny GriffinRaphael SaadiqBobby RodriguezThe Heath BrothersHorace TapscottTracy SpencerBlack RiceThe Young Jazz GiantsGerald AlbrightJ. K. KleutgensMike PhillipsJonathan ButlerAl Jarreau,Q-Tip from Tribe Called QuestJ*DaveyRachelle FerrellChaka KhanPatti LaBelleJeffrey OsborneBeBe WinansJames IngramErykah BaduAllan HoldsworthStevie WonderVanessa WilliamsJennifer HudsonDoug E. FreshTony GreyCheryl LynnRay Parker Jr. PrinceThundercatKendrick Lamar.

Bruner released his debut solo album, Triumph, on March 3, 2017.

He worked with the bassist, composer Marcus Miller on the "Tutu revisited" tour in 2010, and played with Prince at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis in 2013.

In 2015, Bruner appeared on Kamasi Washington's solo debut The Epic.[2] and also performed live with Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin (alongside Melvin Davis in the UK).[citation needed]



  • Triumph (World Galaxy, 2017)


Stanley Clarke

George Duke

  • Déjà Vu (2010)
  • Brazilian Fusion (2013)

Flying Lotus

Kenny Garrett

Cameron Graves

  • Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue, 2017)

Kendrick Lamar

Terrace Martin

Suicidal Tendancies

  • 13 (Suicidal, 2013)

Kamasi Washington



    17"x20" or 17"x22" Bass Drum

    6"x14" G Bubinga Snare Drum (or Warlord Athenian or Valkyrie)

    7"x8" Tom Tom

    7"x12" Tom Tom

    7"x10" Tom Tom

    7"x13" Tom Tom

    15"x15" Floor Tom

    16"x16" Floor Tom

    16"x18" Floor Tom

  • Hardware

    Iron Cobra Power Glide Twin Pedal (HP900PSW)

    Iron Cobra Lever Glide Hi-Hat Stand (HH905)

    1st Chair Ergo-Rider Drum Throne (HT730)