Thursday, December 24, 2009


Jazz pianist and composer Raphael Homer Bryant, best known as Ray Bryant, was born on December 24, 1931 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania.

Ray Bryant began playing the piano at the age of six, also performing on bass in junior High School. Turning professional before his age of majority, Bryant has accompanied many other leading players such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Melba Liston, and Coleman Hawkins, as well as singers Carmen McRae and Aretha Franklin.

From the late 1950's, he led a trio, performing throughout the world, and also worked solo. In addition, he is a noted Jazz composer, with well-known themes such as "Cubano Chant," "The Madison Time," "Monkey Business," and "Little Susie" to his credit.

The musicians Kevin Eubanks and Robin Eubanks are his nephews. His brothers are the bass player Tommy Bryant (May 21, 1930 – March 1, 1982) and Len Bryant, who plays drums and is also a singer.

Both Tommy and Ray Bryant formed a trio with Oz Perkins as the back-up band for the off-Broadway run of the comedy show Cmbridge Circus, at Square East in 1964. The show starred John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Graham Chapman, Jonathon Lynn, and Jean Hart.

The Ray Bryant Trio plays "Please Send Me Someone to Love"

Reference - Wikipédia

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