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Trailblazing Trumpeter Clora Bryant Dies at 92

Although she recorded only one album as a leader, she was a pioneer for generations of female jazz musicians

Clora Bryant in a 1950s promo shot (photo: James J. Kriegsmann)

Clora Bryant, a self-proclaimed “trumpetiste” who blazed a trail for black female jazz musicians over her decades-long career, died August 25 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 92 years old.

Her death was announced by her son, Darrin Milton, who said that the cause of death was a heart attack.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.