BETTY BRYANT

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A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Bryant is a revered pianist/singer who brings a solid piano technique, a light, swinging touch and a skilled vocal approach to her music. Whether she is playing the blues on “He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometime)”, or delivering obscure cabaret gems like Mort Lindsey’s humorous “Scratch”, or romping through serious jazz compositions like Bud Powell’s “Parisian Thoroughfare”, Betty always connects with the material and with her audience. Dubbed “Cool Miss B” by her fellow musicians, Betty’s career started in her hometown of Kansas City, where she was mentored by the great Jay McShann. She moved to the west coast in 1955, where she immediately got an engagement at Beverly Hill’s famed “Ye Little Club”. This was the beginning of mostly solo appearances in Los Angeles. Her reputation grew, and she quickly became a popular attraction in the many read more...
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BETTY BRYANT We're Swinging! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We're Swinging!
Vocal Jazz 1972
BETTY BRYANT Come Laugh with Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Come Laugh with Me
Vocal Jazz 1996
BETTY BRYANT But Beautiful album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
But Beautiful
Vocal Jazz 1999
BETTY BRYANT Weathervane album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Weathervane
Vocal Jazz 2004
BETTY BRYANT What's the Point album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What's the Point
Vocal Jazz 2005
BETTY BRYANT Just Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Us
Vocal Jazz 2005
BETTY BRYANT No Regrets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Regrets
Vocal Jazz 2010
BETTY BRYANT Betty Bryant & Mark Christian Miller : Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Betty Bryant & Mark Christian Miller : Together
Vocal Jazz 2011
BETTY BRYANT Iteration + album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iteration +
Vocal Jazz 2013
BETTY BRYANT Mostly Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mostly Me
Vocal Jazz 2014
BETTY BRYANT Project 88 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Project 88
Vocal Jazz 2019

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BETTY BRYANT Project 88

Album · 2019 · Vocal Jazz
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As jazz history continues to grow, more than likely there will be those who will point to the emergence of college level jazz education as one of the more defining characteristics that has come to differentiate early jazz from modern jazz. Certainly the music has changed, but even more so, the atmosphere and attitude of jazz has changed considerably. Jazz used to be a music for outsiders who existed within, or very near, the criminal world. It was music for terminal hipsters who scoffed at the squares and their law abiding mundane existence. My how times have changed, these days squares are studying altered chords and metric modulation at Berklee while taking sax lessons from a major NYC star via skype along side their internet bros in Europe who are working on government grants to keep their free jazz quartet afloat. If all this collegiate endeavor leaves you a little thirsty for some soul, then you can take solace in knowing that there are still a few hep cats around who still have that ‘attitude’, that thing that Dizzy personified, that thing called cool.

“Project 88” is the title of Betty Bryant’s new CD, and the 88 refers not only to the 88 keys on her piano, but also to the fact that she just turned 88. Betty’s career in jazz goes back to the aforementioned ‘bad’ ole days, and it shows in very good ways. Its in her relaxed vocal delivery, her clever lyrics and her bluesy piano riffs, this is a woman who gets cool in every sense of the word, and she knows how to convey this attractive point of view to us squares who want just a bit of her hipness to rub off. “Project 88” sets off an atmosphere that can not be faked and is becoming rarer by the day.

Betty presents a mix of originals and standards on here. The prevalent style is bluesy swing, but there is a bit of soul jazz and a couple Latin numbers too. She sings on almost every one, but also includes a few instrumentals so as to showcase her signature piano skills that reflect her Kansas City background and Count Basie influence. The make-up of her band varies per track, but possibly the best treat is a couple of songs recorded with a mini big band ensemble.

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