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10 May 1958, New York City, New York, USA. The daughter of songwriter-pianist Connie Bryson and Dizzy Gillespie, Jeanie played piano from an early age. Later, she studied extensively at Rutgers, adding flute and ethnomusicology to her attainments. There she came under tuition from Kenny Barron and widened her interest to include singing music of the Far East and the Indian sub-continent. From the start of the 80s, Bryson sang in clubs while working full time for the US Post Office. Towards the end of the decade, she opted for a career in music, thereafter appearing at many east coast venues and also undertaking overseas tours. She has worked with artists such as Terence Blanchard, Grover Washington Jnr. and Marian McPartland, appearing on the latters long-running radio show, Piano Jazz, on NPR.
It was not until the early 90s that Brysons relationship to Gillespie was made public and, inevitably, this attracted the wrong kind of...