(“Fez Bryant Trio,” photographer unknown, ca. 1945. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-8631.)

Portrait of John “Fez” Bryant (1908-1974). Bryant was a local jazz musician who worked at the Colorado Springs Music Company and entertained six days a week at the Shakey’s Pizza Parlor at 408 E. Fillmore Street until his death. Bryant played ukelele, banjo, saxaphone, drums, and piano and formed a trio in the 1930s with Max and John MacDonald. His nickname “Fez” was derived from “professor.”

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