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”Yes! The great trumpeter John Bailey has made an excellent solo record featuring a bunch of quite memorable original compositions and arrangements with a smoking band. The fare is straight-ahead with a Brazilian flair and everyone is at the absolute top of their game....well worth the wait”! - Randy Brecker

“John Bailey is a great improviser. Since we met as teenagers I've been taken with how natural a musician he is and how deeply his roots go into the tradition of jazz music. He's a joy to listen to!” - Donny McCaslin

The opening trumpet fanfare of John Bailey's album In Real Time heralds the arrival of a major, fully formed talent. Yet Bailey is no newcomer to jazz: this is his first album as a leader after 35 years as one of the busiest sidemen in the business.

Why at age 52 is he now making his debut as a leader? His answer is simple yet profound: “It was just time.”

Known as one of the most eclectic trumpet players in New York City, Bailey is an in-demand musician and teaching artist on call for everything from traditional jazz, to R&B and Pop, to classical. He became a member of The Buddy Rich Band while still in college, and 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 for the albums The Offense of the Drum and Cuba - The Conversation Continues. He has played on more than 70 albums and, as a jazz educator, has taught at the University of Miami and Florida International University.

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Trumpeter John 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.”

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Albums

Album Can You Imagine? by John Bailey

Can You Imagine?

Self Produced
2020

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Album Four Questions by Arturo O'Farrill

Four Questions

Zoho Music
2020

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Album In Real Time by John Bailey

In Real Time

Summit Records
2018

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Album Four by Six by Gregg August

Four by Six

Iacuessa Records
2012

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One Peace

Iacuessa Records
2008

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Rhapsody

Rhapsody

John Bailey
In Real Time

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