Known as one of the most eclectic trumpet players in New York City, Bailey is an in-demand musician and teaching artist. He became a member of The Buddy Rich Band while still in college, his career has included long-running gigs with Ray Charles, master conguero and bandleader Ray Barretto, Max Weinberg and Frank Sinatra,Jr. His work with Latin Jazz innovator Arturo O’Farrill won two Grammy awards.
In Real Time features:
John Bailey – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stacy Dillard – Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
John Hart – Guitar
Cameron Brown – Bass
Victor Lewis – Drums & Cymbals
A trumpet prodigy, Bailey’s spectacular gifts began to be noticed as a high school musician in 1984 when DownBeat Magazine cited him in its annual Student Music Awards for outstanding performances in both the classical and jazz trumpet categories, noting “Shades of Wynton!” The same year, he was a finalist in the National Foundation for Advancements in the Arts (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search, along with Donny McCaslin and Bill Charlap; and won the National Association of Jazz Educators’ Youth Talent Contest. Later, as a senior at the Eastman School of Music, he won DownBeat’s Best Instrumental Soloist award.
Bailey, who continues to teach privately, believes that educating the next generation of musicians is essential for any artist. “In American culture, where the arts are often ignored or deemphasized in both schools and the mainstream media, it is up to us, the artists, to inspire an appreciation for great art.” he says. “By keeping performance standards as high as possible and sharing our devotion with others, especially children, we enrich countless lives.”