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date: 17 October 2019

Bryant, Ray [Raphael Homer ]locked

  • Steve Larson
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld

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[Raphael Homer ]

(b Philadelphia, Dec 24, 1931; d Queens, Jun 2, 2011). American pianist and composer, brother of Tommy Bryant. His mother and sister played piano, which he took up at the age of seven, studying classical music. He learned double bass while in junior high school and began playing jazz piano when he was 14, when he joined the musicians’ union. In 1949 he performed and recorded with Tiny Grimes. As house pianist at the Blue Note, Philadelphia (from 1953), he accompanied Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, and others. He recorded with Toots Thielemans (c spring 1955) and then began a period as an occasional house pianist for Prestige; he recorded sessions with Miles Davis and Milt Jackson, and Sonny Rollins (both 1955), Art Taylor (1957), Tiny Grimes and Coleman Hawkins (both 1958–9), Hal Singer, Arnett Cobb, Benny Golson, Lem Winchester, and Oliver Nelson (all ...

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