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Sheryl Bailey

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Born: May 20, 1966    

Sheryl Bailey

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....
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    For All Those Living

    Self Produced
    2011
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    A New Promise

    MCG Jazz
    2010
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    Live @ The Fat Cat

    PureMusic Records
    2006
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    The Power of 3

    Pure Music
    2003

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    Sheryl Bailey
    A Meeting Of Minds

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A Meeting Of Minds

PureMusic Records (2014)

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“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.”

Downbeat 2007

“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

Primary InstrumentGuitar, electric

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundAssociate 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.

Clinic/Workshop InformationConcepts of developing improvisation through deeper understandings of how harmony connects...

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