Director Bryant Allard

Director of M.U.S.E. Bryant Allard (Born August 27, 1958) is an American Jazz and Latin Trumpeter, Band Leader, composer/arranger, and educator. Born in San Diego, California, he started playing professionally at the age of 16. Bryant moved to the east coast in 1978-1981 to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his studies at Berklee, Bryant spent a lot of time in New York listening to many of the greats of Jazz (Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, The Brecker Brothers, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Art Farmer, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, and many more). “This was the best jazz education one could get, sitting in the front row of the Village Vanguard listening to Dexter Gordon”, Bryant says. While in Boston and New York he studied trumpet with Mike Methany and Claudio Roditi, and later in San Diego with the great jazz trombonist/educator Hal Crook of the Tonight Show Band.

After graduating in 1984, he moved to the San Francisco bay area where he played with such notable musicians as Pianist Mark Levine, and cuban pianist Carlos Federico. At this time, Bryant started his own after school music education Program, M.U.S.E. (Musical Understanding thru Sound Education) which continues on today 37 years later.

Bryant moved to Portland in 1994 where he currently resides and continues to play with some of the best world class, local musicians. His Jazz and Latin compositions are recorded on several CD’s which have received great reviews. You can catch Bryant around town performing with his own groups and with Nick Gefroh’s Salsa Band Pa’Lante in many of the local clubs, restaurants, and summer festivals. His most recent CD project, recorded August 2023 with his group The Powerhouse Jazz Quintet, is now steaming online: Spotify, itunes, Apple Music, Pandora, and many other steaming networks:

The Powerhouse Quintet:

YouTube

Spotify

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