Bobby Bryant (musician)

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Bobby Bryant
Born(1934-05-19)May 19, 1934
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
United States
DiedJune 10, 1998(1998-06-10) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Instrument(s)Trumpet, flugelhorn
LabelsChess, Cadet, World Pacific Jazz

Bobby Bryant (May 19, 1934 – June 10, 1998) was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist.


Bryant was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and played saxophone in his youth. He moved to Chicago in 1952, where he studied at the Cosmopolitan School of Music until 1957. Remaining in the city until 1960, he played with Red Saunders, Billy Williams, and other ensembles. He relocated to New York City in 1960 and then Los Angeles in 1961, where he became a fixture on the West Coast jazz scene. He led his own groups in addition to playing with Vic Damone, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, Frank Capp/Nat Pierce, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He also worked as a studio musician and a music educator.[1]

Perhaps his most famous solo was in the song "L.O.V.E" recorded with Nat King Cole in 1964.

Bryant had sustained health problems in the 1990s which reduced his activity to part-time. He died in Los Angeles of a heart attack at the age of 64.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Big Band Blues (Vee-Jay, 1961 [1974])
  • Ain't Doing Too B-A-D, Bad (Cadet, 1967)
  • Earth Dance (Pacific Jazz, 1969)
  • The Jazz Excursion into "Hair" (Pacific Jazz, 1969)
  • Swahili Strut (Cadet, 1971)

As arranger[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Peggy Lee

As sideman[edit]

With Brass Fever

With Earth, Wind & Fire

  • I Am (Columbia, 1979)

With Clare Fischer

With Benny Golson

With Eddie Harris

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Quincy Jones

With Stan Kenton

With B. B. King

With Blue Mitchell

With Oliver Nelson

With Lalo Schifrin

With Horace Silver

With The Three Sounds

With Gerald Wilson

With Jimmy Witherspoon


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Bobby Bryant Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ Kohlhaase, Bill (26 June 1998). "Jazz Artists, Students to Share Festival Bill". Los Angeles Times.