A fine trumpeter with a wide range who primarily performed with big bands (often playing lead), Bobby Bryant was considered a valuable musician, although as a soloist he tended to be underrated.
Born in Hattiesburg, MS, on May 19, 1934, early on Bryant played trumpet and tenor sax before settling on the former. He moved to Chicago in 1952, attending the Cosmopolitan School of Music. After graduating in 1957, Bryant freelanced for three years in Chicago, working with Red Saunders, backing singer Billy Williams, and gigged with smaller groups.
He spent 1960 in New York and then relocated to Los Angeles the following year where he permanently settled. Bryant appeared in many different situations throughout the years including touring with Vic Damone, heading his own groups and playing with such big bands as Charles Mingus (1964), Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, the Frank Capp/Nat Pierce...