John Bailey


For nearly three decades, jazz musician John Bailey has strived for an original and personal trumpet style.  With firm roots in the legacy of jazz trumpet, John’s playing is adventuresome while rich in sound and lyricism.


After moving to New York City in 1995 and touring the World with Ray Charles in 1996, John began his tenure with Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit.  This collaboration led to several international tours, recordings and performances on virtually every jazz stage in Europe and the U.S.  His recordings with Barretto include “Portraits in Jazz and Clave” with Joe Lovano, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Gomez and Steve Turre, “Trance Dance” with James Moody and “Homage to Art,” a tribute to Art Blakey featuring John as soloist and composer.


As an 18 year-old John had the unique opportunity to play and study with Woody Shaw.  Woody’s influence over this brief period showed him the importance of the pursuit of an individual style.   Over the next several years John played and/or recorded with many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Bob Berg, Dave Liebman, Michael and Randy Brecker, Clare Fischer, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Watson, Joe Henderson , Frank Tiberi and his primary mentors, Gary Campbell and Ira Sullivan.


John’s vast experience with large ensembles includes the Buddy Rich Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrills Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. 


John earned his BM at the Eastman School of Music and his MM at University of Miami.   John has recorded for Fantasy, Blue Note, BMG, Universal, Capital-EMI, Sony, CBS Masterworks, Delmark and numerous independent labels with a variety of artists.  He frequently appears as a guest artist/clinician at Universities, Jazz Festivals and workshops throughout the World.


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