Bruce & Lisa

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The smooth jazz violin-and-flute duo of Bruce & Lisa is made up of married couple Bruce Wethey and Lisa LaCross, who met while performing in the same orchestra. Wethey was born and raised in London,…
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The smooth jazz violin-and-flute duo of Bruce & Lisa is made up of married couple Bruce Wethey and Lisa LaCross, who met while performing in the same orchestra. Wethey was born and raised in London, Ontario, where he began playing the violin at the age of three-and-a-half. He also took piano and guitar lessons as a child, and played percussion in his high school orchestra. While attending the University of Western Ontario, he turned professional, substituting in local orchestras. He worked with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and spent a year with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, then moved to Florida and joined the Florida Philharmonic in the early '90s. He also became a session musician, appearing on recordings by Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, and Jon Secada, and at concerts with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Ricky Martin, and Doc Severinsen.

Lisa LaCross was born in Detroit and raised in Ionia, MI. She began playing the flute at ten, teaching herself by listening to bands like Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Weather Report on the radio. She joined the school band the next year and played in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. She attended the University of Michigan, then moved to New York, where she joined the National Orchestra. Later moving to Florida, she became principal flutist for the Miami City Ballet, the Gold Coast Opera Orchestra, and the South Florida Symphony. She also took up acting, appearing in a series of national commercials, and became a professor of flute at Florida International University.

As Bruce & Lisa, Wethey and LaCross recorded their first album, Gifts of Love, for Level Ground Records, which released it in 2002.