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Betty Bryant

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 little nightspots that used to dot the beach towns from Santa Monica to Laguna.

In 1987 “Betty Bryant Day” was declared in Kansas City, and she was awarded the keys to the city. A famous photograph of Betty with Jay McShann hangs in the lobby of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.

Betty has performed internationally in the Middle East and Brazil, and for many years was a popular regular attraction at the upscale Tableaux Lounge in Tokyo, Japan. She had a long term engagement at celebrity chef Susan Feniger’s exciting new restaurant “Street” in Hollywood in 2009, and in 2012 she was a featured performer at the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival in Boquete, Panama. The “Betty Bryant Birthday Bash” is a hugely popular annual event in Hollywood, and has been presented at the famed “Catalina’s Jazz Club”.

Betty has released seven critically acclaimed CDs, including 2009’s “No Regrets”, which got airplay on over 100 jazz stations nationwide. Peter Solomon, of station WCVE – FM in Richmond, Virginia wrote, ““This is a sweet little album. I was struck by her laid-back phrasing. Her piano style sounds something like Basie. This woman has soul.” Selections from the album were programmed onto the inflight entertainment channels of seven major airlines worldwide. Christopher Louden, writing in JazzTimes Magazine, calls Betty’s CD “Together” (2011) a “superlative testament to the depth and breadth of her showmanship.” Betty’s 2013 release “iteration +” received the most airplay she has gotten to date and charted on the JazzWeek National charts. Peter Kuller, from Radio Adelaide, Australia says, “Betty Bryant is absolutely amazing and deserves worldwide recognition. A jazz pianist who also sings or a jazz singer who also plays piano, whatever you prefer she does both with great distinction!”

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New Releases from Betty Bryant, Ruben Caban, Juno Nominees Plus Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen

Read "New Releases from Betty Bryant, Ruben Caban, Juno Nominees Plus Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Betty Bryant, Sarah L King, Ruben Caban and Andrea Superstein, with nods to Juno nominees Jocelyn Gould, Allison Au Christine Jensen and Gentiane MG plus birthday shoutouts to Shirley Crabbe, Jessica Jones, Dena DeRose, Nicole Mitchell, MJ Territo, Elsa Nilsson and Harold Arlen, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they can continue to distract, comfort, provoke and inspire.

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Betty Bryant: Lotta Livin'

Read "Lotta Livin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


First, double-check to make sure there aren't any misprints. No, it's an honest-to-goodness fact that Betty Bryant--who sings, plays piano, wrote four of the nine numbers and arranged half a dozen on her fourteenth album--really was almost ninety-four years old when Lotta Livin' was recorded in 2023. Bryant's rough and edgy voice is remarkably strong and steady, while her piano playing simply defies any generational labels. As a vocalist, no note seems out of her reach, and ...

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New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast features new releases from flutists Carla Campopiano and Yulia Musayelyan, vocalist Melody Gardot, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, guitarists Susan Alcorn and Chance Hayden, plus singles from Sarah McKenzie and Lili Anel, the latest participant of Janis Ian's Better Times Will Come project, with birthday shoutouts to pianist Betty Bryant, vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Marlene VerPlanck, Rene Marie and Marianne Solivan, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this ...

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Betty Bryant: No Regrets

Read "No Regrets" reviewed by Dee Dee McNeil


Fondly referred to as the “Cool Miss B," Betty Bryant is a native of Kansas City who relocated to Los Angeles in 1955. One of a thimble full of stalwart female pianists and vocal stylists, Bryant packed the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood in November, 2009 to celebrate the release of her appropriately titled No Regrets and her 80th birthday. By the look of the SRO (standing room only) turnout, she needn't have a single compunction; this talented lady and ...

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“I can sense Betty’s musical pedigree on a cellular level. She is a wonder to behold.” Don Savage, Senior Producer, Spafax Airline Network

“Bryant’s steady, rolling, soulful musical sprees are always textured with ideal measures of torchy passion, elegantly whimsical good humor and traces of KC’s uncut, communicative blues sensibility.” Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Lotta Livin'

Self Produced
2024

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No Regrets

Mar Music
2010

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We're Swinging!

BETTYRules Music
1972

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