A New Orleans native, Brunious was born into a long line of prominent NOLA musicians. His father John played trumpet and piano and arranged for legends Billy Eckstein and Cab Calloway. His uncle, Willie Santiago, was one of the first guitar players ever recorded and at one time worked with the venerated ragtime cornetist Buddy Bolden.
Brunious performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for more than 23 years and appeared with the Olympia Brass Band, the Tuxedo Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Bob Haggard and Harry Connick Jr., among many others.
Although Brunious is a leading advocate of traditional New Orleans jazz, he is equally adept at more modern bebop stylings, soul, and R&B. A true master of the craft, Brunious pays forward the teachings of the masters and delivers wisdom to younger musicians with grace and generosity.