- Ursel Schlicht
(b Denison, TX, May 30, 1927). American jazz trumpeter, vocalist, and educator. She took up trumpet at the age of 15 and quickly became so advanced that she won scholarships to Oberlin College and Bennett College, an all-black women’s college in North Carolina. She chose Prairie View College and toured with the Prairie View Co-Eds as a featured soloist (1944). Following her family’s move to California in 1945, Bryant studied at UCLA, but dropped out to tour briefly with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. During the 1940s she played on Central Avenue in Los Angeles, jamming and performing alongside esteemed figures such as Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Frank Morgan, and Art Farmer. During Central Avenue’s peak years she backed Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker at the Club Alabam. She toured with the Queens of Swing as a drummer (1948–51). In 1949 Bryant married the bass player Joe Stone, with whom she had two sons. During the early 1950s she lived and worked in New York and Canada, sometimes performing a solo stage act in which she sang and played trumpet. After returning to Los Angeles in ...