After graduating in 1995 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors in Jazz Performance, Bryan cut his teeth in the industry as a soloist and guest artist with performers around the world on the Princess and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. He then relocated to London, England for three years. He started teaching and also began performing and recording in salsa, jazz and function bands hired out for weddings and other special events. Bryan formed his own band playing original music at many of the popular jazz clubs in London, including The 606 Jazz Club, the Jazz Café and the Bulls Head Barnes. He has shared the stage with some of the most famous names in jazz such as Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Conrad Herwig, Jack McDuff, Slide Hampton and George Benson. He has also been a featured soloist for the Temptations, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Steve Winwood, Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble, Kico Cowan and Expresion Cubana, The Four Tops and The Spinners.
Bryan has lived in Columbus for the last 13 years. During this time he has dedicated himself to composing and perfecting his craft. In March 2005 he recorded his first CD under his own name showcasing five original compositions. The CD features Bobby Floyd on the B3 Organ, Derek Dicenzo on guitar and Reggie Jackson on drums and was named the best jazz CD of 2005 by “The Other Paper.”
Bryan is also featured on Bobby Floyd’s CD “Notes To and From My Friends.” Bryan was a featured performer with Wycliffe Gordon’s Blackberry Patch presentation which debuted at the newly-renovated Lincoln Theater in early 2013. Bryan is a member of David Brown’s harmony project orchestra and is also a member of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group, including the jazz program for students called “Making Right Choices.” He performed recently with Michael Bolton at the Lancaster Music Festival and with Dr. John in a studio session. He performed original compositions by Berklee College of Music faculty member, jazz guitarist Rick Peckham, at Denison University’s Annual Guitar Festival. When Bryan was working with the Famous Jazz Orchestra, Bill Dobbins arranged a piece specifically for Bryan called “Turn Out The Stars.” Bryan especially enjoys his career as a teacher at a private music studio in Hilliard and through the “Choices” program. He occasionally works with other education programs through the Jazz Arts Group. Bryan has been teaching beginners through professionals for close to eight years.