Bryant (born May 30,
1927 in Denison,
Texas) is a jazz trumpetist. She
started in music as a singer
in her Baptist church, but took up the trumpet after her brother,
Bryant (born March 21, 1918, who currently resides in Lawton,
it on going to the Army in 1941. She studied improvisation using a wire
recorder to record her own soloing along with jazz records, and
results. She became adept at a variety of genres, from jazz to
performing versions of famous jazz solos of the day. In addition, she
own unique improvisational skills in jam sessions along Central Avenue
Angeles, the center of the mid-forties West Coast African American jazz
Bryant performed in high
school bands, and in the early 1940s toured Texas with an all-female
Co-Eds. The Prairie View Co-Eds went to New York
in 1944 for a
successful gig at the Apollo
Theater, where Clora Bryant scored a hit with
the song "I Had
the Craziest Dream" with her version of a solo by trumpeter Harry James.
Bryant also spent a week at
the Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles with the legendary
all-female orchestra International
Sweethearts of Rhythm, and in 1948 she toured
with the all-female,
all Black Queens of
Swing. In 1948 Clora married, Joe Stone, who was
a bassist, who
played with a lot of R&B bands, and they started a family.
to perform while pregnant and as a young mother. Later she
attended UCLA, where
became influenced by bebop and
gained the attention of Dizzy
Gillespie. She was
the only female musician to perform with Charlie
Parker, at the
Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa
Beach, California. Later she toured with
Daniels and Billy
album Gal with a Horn was
1957 and in the mid-1960s she briefly did duo work with her brother,
who was a
vocalist. She took time off to raise her four children.
also appeared on The Ed
Sullivan Show and later became the
first American female jazz
musician to play in the Soviet
a request from Mikhail
After a heart attack in 1996, she
was unable to play, but she still sings and lectures on jazz.
"THE GIRLS IN THE BAND"
"Tea for Two"
"This Can't Be Love"