FREDDIE BRYANT has been playing the guitar since he was 8 years old. His early training was in classical guitar, but he soon started jazz in junior high school. He kept up the dual studies throughout high school and college developing the different techniques and musical styles separately and fully. The result was a thorough understanding and grasp of each idiom.
After college he worked primarily as a jazz guitarist but kept up a steady schedule of classical performances. A recent highlight was a tour in 2010 with the Chanticleer String Quartet performing his arrangement of the Concierto de Aranjuez.
He received his Masters degree from the Yale School of Music. It was during this time that the two techniques began to meld together. He began to play Brazilian jazz on the classical guitar, and his compositions for the classical guitar started to show more jazz influence in harmony and even improvisation.
Currently he is on the faculty at Williams College teaching in the Africana Studies and Music departments and also at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.
His music is starting to challenge the traditional labels used by the industry. His talents are now being sought out by artists from diverse backgrounds. For example, he was a member of trumpet great, Tom Harrell's quintet for two years, he plays regularly with the Mingus Orchestra, has recorded a CD of Ray Charles songs with singer Roseanna Vitro, toured with the Klezmer virtuoso clarinetist Giora Feidman and the legend of African music, Salif Keita. Currently he is touring and recording with drummer, Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet playing a repertoire of Thelonious Monk compositions exclusively.