Jazz in the Loft: Lance Bryant
Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Cash bar available.
Saxophonist and vocalist, Lance Bryant comes from Markham, Illinois, a small town near Chicago. Lance’s earliest musical experience was established while growing up in the Baptist Church, and his love of music was born within the spiritual community of this setting.
In 1990 Lance began his decade-long relationship with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and in 1993 became the Orchestra’s Musical Director and Principal Arranger. Lance also made his film debut in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and traveled extensively with Phyllis Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Pete “LaRocca” Sims, Wallace Roney, Abdulah Ibrahim, Bootsy Collins, James Williams and others. In the early summer of 2000, Lance was selected as an on-stage musician for the Broadway production of the musical revue Swing! which received six Tony Award nominations. Throughout his music career, Lance’s talents as an arranger, composer, saxophonist or vocalist have been featured on many projects like: For the Love of Jazz on Mojazz Records (Lionel Hampton) and Dem Bones and Simply Natural on MaxJazz Records for Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Carla Cook, and more recently on drummer Yoron Israel’s latest release, Visions, the Music of Stevie Wonder.
He received his formal music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied saxophone, composition and arranging. After moving to New York City in the mid 1980s, Lance continued his education, studying saxophone and arranging privately with Frank Foster, the former director of the Count Basie Orchestra. He also studied composition with Bruce Adolphe of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society.
His connection with spirituality and music has endured and in 2002 he released Psalm, the first of four CDs featuring original songs, and Jazz arrangements of hymns and spirituals.
In 2014-15 Lance performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on the Broadway musical hit After Midnight. He played for the Broadway production of George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along … featuring Tony Award winner Audra MacDonald with choreography by Savion Glover.
Currently Lance is part of the faculty for the Jazz At Lincoln Center educational department working with its outreach program for youth throughout New York City.
Jazz in the Loft concerts are curated and hosted by Lee Boswell-May.