Freddie Bryant received a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and is in demand in the New York jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell and many others. He currently is a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and leads his own group, Kaleidoscope. His new CD, Monk Restrung, celebrates the music of Thelonious Monk, comes out this Fall. He has seven other CDs as a leader: Dreamscape: Solo, Duo, Trio featuring Chris Potter and Scott Colley (GJKSounds), Live Grooves...Epic Tales with his band Kaleidoscope (HiPNOTIC records), Brazilian Rosewood, Boogaloo Brasileiro, Live at Smoke (Fresh Sound Records); and Take Your Dance into Battle (Jazz City Spirit) as well as Trio del Sol (Twinz Records) with MishaPiatigorsky and Gilad.
He has toured 52 countries and collaborated with musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including Indian classical musicians, African singers, oud players, traditional Arab groups and klezmer bands. In 2006, Bryant spent a week in Cuba, performing and working with other musicians. As an impassioned educator, he has taught jazz to all ages around the world. Bryant is on the faculties of Berklee College of Music and Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland. 2017 saw the World premier at the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival of Complicit with his music score. His website is www.freddiebryant.com.