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New York TimesRay Bryant, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 79By NATE CHINENPublished: June 3, 2011Ray Bryant, a jazz pianist whose sensitivity and easy authority made him a busy accompanist and a successful solo artist, beginning in the mid-1950s, died on Thursday 6/2/2011. He was 79.His wife of 20 years, Claude Bryant, said he died at New York Hospital Queens after a long illness. He lived in Jackson Heights, Queens.Mr. Bryant had a firm touch and an unshakable sense of time, notably in his left hand,…See More
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Len Bryant has spent half a century performing as both a drummer and vocalist. He has done lots of recordings with various artists and is now running his own recording studio. He is currently working on some new music. Some of the people that len has worked with are Ray Bryant, Tom Bryant, Sam Dockery, Lisle Atkinson, Hank Mobley, Ray Drummond, Winard Harper, Stanley Jordan, Bootsie Barnes, Kevin Eubanks, Robin Eubanks, Duane Eubanks, Tyrone Brown, Ed Wiley, Don Sickler, Charles Fambrough, Bill O'Connel, Ralph Bowen, Bobby Porcelli, Jay Brandford, Tina May, Tim Givens, brilliant engineer Rudy Van Gelder and many more. Some sort of musical genes are sure to be found in his extended family. His brother Ray Bryant is a stellar jazz pianist. Another brother, Tom Bryant, was an accomplished bassist and singer. He died in 1982. His sister Vera Eubanks, who in addition to being a multi-instrumentalist in her own right gave birth to not one but three jazzy sons, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), trombonist Robin Eubanks and trumpeter Duane Eubanks.
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Ray Bryant, a jazz pianist whose sensitivity and easy authority made him a busy accompanist and a successful solo artist, beginning in the mid-1950s, died on Thursday 6/2/2011. He was 79.

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At 4:30am on February 24, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
Took a quick tour of your site and it would appear we are on a similar page. The major difference is PMMBH is adding broadcasters in Pa too.
PMMBH is seeking all Broadcast and Music Professionals from Pennsylvania or have connection to the Commonwealth to contribute.
Phase One of our plan is to develop a critical mass audience on Facebook: pmmbh home
Some of the names below maybe familiar to you, Poison, Live, Magnificent Men, Hybrid Ice, Dan Hartman, Gamble and Huff, Intruders, Marion Anderson, Myron Cope, Teddy Pendergrass, Blue Magic, Kenny Chandler, Steven Foster, Hooters, Richie Ashburn, Badlees, Dick Clark, Porky Chedwick, Dick Biondi, P.P. Bliss... others not so much. However all deserve recognition.

The Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History is working to two primary projects:
* Expanding our network of interested persons, bands, artists and broadcasters from Pennsylvania
* Gaining archival information from the above groups and many others to post on our virtual museum.

More focus on our mission can be found below.
If you would like to provide photos, videos, narratives and interviews please post on Facebook: pmmbh home
or email to bill.trousdale@pmmbh.org
We are seeking archive items for our unveiling soon at www.pmmbh.org
Please spread the word
At 4:10am on February 24, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Len,

It is an honor to count you as a member. As an elder in one the the country's finest jazz families, I'm sure you gain many new fans and friends on this network. Philadelphia is one of the countries most fertile jazz capital cities and it is a real pleasure to meet another of her fabulous sons. Please add me as a friend

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