Primary Instrument: Guitar
The great guitarist Kenny Burrell wrote, Freddie Bryant is a brilliant young guitarist and composer. He is a versatile musician skilled both in jazz and classical music receiving his Master's degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music at Yale University. While at School he was recording with jazz artists like Kevin Hays and Steve Wilson while leading his own bands. These bands have featured saxophonists Ralph Moore, David Sanchez, Chris Potter, Don Braden, Mark Turner, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Scott Wendholt and pianists Renee Rosnes, Jonny King, Larry Goldings, Edward Simon and Edsel Gomez, along with many others.
Freddie is currently in demand in the New York jazz scene where he works with Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet and the Mingus Orchestra. He is also on the first call list of many singers and Brazilian musicians because of his sensitive accompanying and his knowledge of Brazilian guitar. His most recent CD is with the group Trio del Sol (Twinz Records) led collectively with pianist, Misha Piatigorsky and percussionist, Gilad. The trio has performed around the United States and Germany with great success. Freddie has also had the honor of touring with three legends of the music world: African singer, Salif Keita, the virtuoso klezmer clarinetist, Maestro Giora Feidman and the jazz trumpet great, Tom Harrell (as a member of his quintet, 1999-2001). He has recently appeared on the CDs Paradise with Tom Harrell and Sigame with D.D. Jackson. He has performed and recorded with four wonderful singers: Ray Charles' songs with Rosanna Vitro (Telarc Records), the Dutch Pop singer Mathilde Santing (SONY/Europe), Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Sheila Jordan in Greece.
In addition, he has three CDs on the Fresh Sound label which have received rave reviews from musicians as well as critics: Brazilian Rosewood is a brilliant and refreshing blend of jazz and Brazilian music…this CD is a gem (The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger), Boogaloo Brasileiro deserves five stars (52ndstreet.com). About his latest release Live at Smoke, noted writer, Nina D' Alessandro wrote, Bryant guides his band through some of the most technically and emotionally dazzling music I've ever heard. His most recent highlights include a tour organized by the U.S. Department of State as Jazz Ambassador to nine countries in North Africa, the Mid-East and Asia and his performance at the Kennedy Center with the Billy Taylor Trio, broadcast on the National Public Radio Show, Live at the Kennedy Center. In 2004 he had the honor of being a Copeland Fellow- composer in residence at Amherst College.