Barry Bryson

Making music is a fundamental part of Barry Bryson’s life. From the time he found a bugle in his grandfather’s garage at the age of six, he has never stopped creating a joyful sound. His love of music was reinforced throughout childhood at family parties where in circle sing-along’s, everyone sang their favorite songs from the Great American Songbook.

Trumpet studies began in elementary school. The songs of America – Tin Pan Alley, Broadway hits, Jazz standards, Sousa marches and the blues – all became not just notes on the page but an integral part of his musical vocabulary. The result is a musician whose performances are infused with delight and enthusiasm, drawing on his own and the country’s musical roots to bring every listener into the circle to enjoy the musical story.

Barry began playing professionally while still in high school. His first jobs ranged from Italian feast celebrations to private parties to Salvation Army brass ensembles, ideal ways to learn that making music is there to involve the audience. His more academic studies continued through college with Wilford, “Bob” Roberts, (principal trumpet, Radio City), which prepared him for military service with the U.S. Military Academy band at West Point, where he was soloist with the big band and co-founded the first U.S.M.A. Jazz Quintet. It was at this time that he began a student/mentor relationship with Jazz great Thad Jones. Barry refined his trumpet and life skills with NYC trumpeter Bobby Woodlen while working in Catskill resort hotel show bands accompanying such legends as Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mathis, Tony Martin, Barbara McNair, Eddie Fischer and others.

In the nineteen-eighties, he moved to Brooklyn, NY and began performing and recording with New York’s finest musicians. Forming his own groups, the Swing Street Orchestra and the Dixie Rascals provided experience in the differing musical needs of the concert/show world and corporate, civic, and private events. Over the years these two groups have evolved into Swing Street Ensembles, which includes The Swing Street Orchestra, The Dixie Rascals, Jazz Du Jour, Swing Street New York, Rags To Riches and The Brass Menagerie. All of these groups represent facets of America’s original music, Jazz, and all of them present it with the musical enthusiasm and professionalism that has been a part of Barry Bryson’s playing since his childhood.