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Buster Bailey

Buster Bailey - clarinet

A highly virtuosic clarinetist from the formative years of jazz, Buster Bailey was a distinguished professional and one of the great figures of jazz clarinet.

Born William C. Bailey, 19 July 1902, in Memphis, Bailey was one of two famous jazzmen to be taught by the Chicago-based classicist Franz Schoepp, the other being Benny Goodman.

After working with bands led by W.C. Handy, Erskine Tate and King Oliver, Bailey joined Fletcher Henderson's orchestra in New York in 1924. He remained an important member of the band until 1937, playing alongside outstanding reed players such as Coleman Hawkins, Hilton Jefferson, Russell Procope and Ben Webster.

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