Bryan Bowman is a jazz drummer and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Born in Los Angeles, he was surrounded by music from an early age. His Father Robert Bowman is a classical pianist and a Professor Emeritus of the music department at Chico State University. His mother, a psychologist by trade, plays the cello and is an avid folk dancer specializing in numerous Balkan styles. These rich and diverse influences guided his musical journey toward the study of not only the drum set and piano, but of North Indian Tabla drumming and vocal music as well. He finds a consistent source of inspiration in the folk music of Bulgaria and Macedonia.

He has performed with Eric Reed, Mary Stallings, Matt Penman, Paul McCandless, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Deron Johnson (keyboardist with Miles Davis), Mark Levine, Larry Vuckovich, Noel Jewkes, Harvey Weinapel and many others.

He toured the United States with RCA recording artists Monica Behan and Deron Johnson opening up for artists such as Fiona Apple and Shawn Colvin. He has traveled extensively in Mexico and the Caribbean and has recorded and performed in the world music scene with such artists as the acclaimed Bulgarian accordionist Ivan Milev and Trio Mopmu with Lily Storm.

He performed at the historic SFJAZZ Grand Opening in January of 2013 with Mary Stallings, Eric Reed and Matt Penman.

Bryan studied composition and music performance at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, CSU Long Beach, CSU Chico and the Ali Akbar College of Music. He studied privately with Lew Langworthy, Dan Kinkle and Joe Hunt.

He is currently a free lance performer and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area and an accompanist at the California Jazz Conservatory as well as performing with members of the CJC staff.



Jazz Drummer and Composer