Jeanie Bryson

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Jeanie Bryson
Born (1958-03-10) March 10, 1958 (age 57)
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz, pop, Latin
Years active 1993 – present
Labels Koch, Telarc

Jeanie Bryson (born March 10, 1958, in New York City) is an American singer with a combination of jazz, pop and Latin music. Her repertoire is based on durable jazz and pop standards, firmly rooted in the Great American Songbook and the legacies of Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington.

Personal life[edit]

Bryson is the daughter of songwriter Connie Bryson and Dizzy Gillespie.[1] Her husband was guitarist Coleman Mellett, who died in the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407.[1] The couple had resided in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.[1][2]


While at school with jazz pianist Kenny Barron, Rutgers University, Bryson began to be increasingly influenced by jazz.[3] She has performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Israel and Japan and has received international critical acclaim. In addition to her own recordings on Telarc, Bryson has recorded with Etta Jones, Larry Coryell, Grover Washington, Jr., Terence Blanchard and Kenny Burrell, just to name a few.

In 1994, Terence Blanchard's recorded In My Solitude: The Billie Holiday Songbook, for Columbia, with vocalist Jeanie Bryson. Bryson sings "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Fine And Mellow", and "Strange Fruit", a smooth, relaxed CD unhurried at its best. Jeanie Bryson 2001 CD Deja Blue gently cradles you with her velvet voice. Bryson is sweet, laid-back, and melodic. Deja Blue is a sultry ballad with an excellent solo by Steve Nelson on vibes.[4]

Lately, fans and critics alike eagerly await Jeanie's newest project, The Dizzy Gillespie Songbook, a loving and fitting tribute that celebrates her father's life, his music, and above all, his legacy.


Year Title Genre Label
1993 I Love Being Here With You Jazz Telarc
1994 Tonight I Need You So Jazz Telarc
1996 Some Cats Know: Jeanie Bryson Sings Songs of Peggy Lee Jazz Telarc
2001 Deja Blue Jazz Koch
2006 Live at the Warsaw Jamboree Jazz Festival 1991 Jazz Import


  1. ^ a b c Vogel, Charity (February 14, 2009). "Passengers and crew aboard Flight 3407: Their stories". Buffalo News. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ Staff. "N.J. musicians among victims of Continental plane crash near Buffalo", The Star-Ledger, February 13, 2009. Accessed February 13, 2011. "Mellett, lives in East Brunswick with his wife, singer Jeanie Bryson."
  3. ^ Concord Music: Jeanie-Bryson
  4. ^ Allmusic

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