A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Bryant is a revered pianist/singer who brings a solid piano technique, a light, swinging touch and a skilled vocal approach to her music.
Dubbed “Cool Miss B” by her fellow musicians, Betty’s career started in her hometown of Kansas City, where she was mentored by the great Jay McShann. A famous photograph of Betty with Jay McShann hangs in the lobby of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.
For many years Betty was a popular regular attraction at the upscale Tableaux Lounge in Tokyo, Japan. She had a long term engagement at celebrity chef Susan Feniger’s exciting new restaurant “Street” in Hollywood in 2009, and in 2012 she was a featured performer at the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival in Boquete, Panama. Vicky’s Santa Fe in Indian Wells, where Betty is a popular attraction, says, “Not in a long time has there been such a buzz in the valley about a jazz pianist/singer.” Betty is a favorite attraction annually at the popular Music on the Main series at Descanso Gardens.
Betty has released seven critically acclaimed CDs, including 2009’s “No Regrets”, which got airplay on over 100 jazz stations nationwide. Peter Solomon, of station WCVE – FM in Richmond, Virginia wrote, ““This is a sweet little album. I was struck by her laid-back phrasing. This woman has soul.” Selections from the album were programmed onto the inflight entertainment channels of seven major airlines worldwide. Christopher Louden, writing in JazzTimes Magazine, calls 2011’s “Together” a “superlative testament to the depth and breadth of her showmanship.” Betty’s 2013 release, “iteration +” received the most radio play to date and spent four months on the JazzWeek national jazz charts. Peter Kuller, from Radio Adelaide, Australia says, “Betty Bryant is absolutely amazing and deserves worldwide recognition.” The respected jazz writer Don Heckman said of Betty’s recent performance at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato in Bel Air, “Call it a rare evening of song, performed with musical alacrity.”
Whether listening to one of Cool Miss B’s CDs at home, or catching her live, perhaps it was best expressed by Judy Jordan in a feature article in Venice Magazine – “Snuggle into a cozy ringside club chair and let Betty Bryant steal your heart….your ears will be tickled, your heart will dance, and your feet may find a will of their own, for Betty Bryant is an enchantress.”