Born: May 20, 1966 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Guitarist Sheryl Bailey is rated among the foremost bopbased guitarists to have emerged in the 1990’s. Her attack can be direct and hard swinging, but she also exudes subtlety, elegance of phrase and a pure, warm, liquid sound. Bill Milkowski has written about her: “a modernist burner with an abundance of Pat Martino-style chops, Bailey prefers angular lines, odd harmonies and the occasional touch of dissonance as she sails up and down the fretboard with fluid abandon.” - JazzTimes Magazine, Februrary 2005
Her musical activities aren’t confined to groups working strictly in the orthodox, bop based jazz tradition, as she has toured and recorded with bassist, Richard Bona and is a member of David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness. Other artists are tenor saxophonist, Gary Thomas, Urban Folk and Jazz artist, KJ Denhert, and pop diva, Irene Cara. While her mid 1990’s CD Little Misunderstood sees her playing with total familiarity and command of the fusion idiom, her latest releases, Reunion of Souls, The Power of Three, and Bull’s Eye represent her love of contemporary straight-ahead jazz....
One of jazz guitars current front runners.
John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine 2007
Move over Mike Stern!
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine 2007
Bailey plays with power and drive.
Always lush and lyrical - her sound displays a lovely sinewy edge that allows the listenere to glean every nook and cranny of her wonderful style.
Darrin Fox, Guitar Player Magazine 2005
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Associate Professor of Guitar Berklee College of Music since 2000, Faculty at The Collective NYC, National Guitar Workshop Jazz Resident, Clinics throughout Europe, US and Australia.
Concepts of developing improvisation through deeper understandings of how harmony connects. Topics include using chord tones, melodic embellishments, use of the Jazz Melodic Minor scale, upper structure triads, chord substitutions, rhythmic clarity, and composition.