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John Bailey

“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

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, The Woody Herman Orchestra 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.

A trumpet prodigy, Bailey's spectacular gifts began to be noticed as a high school musician in 1984 when DownBeat Magazine cited him in its annual Student Music Awards for outstanding performances in both the classical and jazz trumpet categories, noting “Shades of Wynton!” The same year, he was a finalist in the National Foundation for Advancements in the Arts (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search, along with Donny McCaslin and Bill Charlap; and won the National Association of Jazz Educators’ Youth Talent Contest. Later, as a senior at the Eastman School of Music, he won DownBeat’s Best Instrumental Soloist award.

Looking back, he says, “It all started for me when I discovered Clifford Brown. Clifford was the centerpiece of the golden era of jazz trumpet, and a great place to begin my lifelong study of the instrument. He was influenced by everyone before him, and became an influence on everyone after.”

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.”


Time Bandits

Label: Freedom Road Records
Released: 2023


Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Jack Bowers

2023 was another banner year for jazz of all shapes and sizes. It has been a pleasure to review so many splendid big-band albums along with wonderful enterprises by smaller groups, some of which were recording for the first time (hopefully, not the last). If this was a preview of things to come, we look forward ...


Article: Album Review

John Bailey: Time Bandits

Read "Time Bandits" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After working and recording for decades with some of the jazz world's best and brightest talents, trumpeter John Bailey released his first album as leader of his own group in 2018, the second in 2020 and, in 2023, his third, Time Bandits, which shares a name but nothing more with Terry Gilliam's 1981 film fantasy.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Reed Rapture With Vandemark And More

Read "Reed Rapture With Vandemark And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we conclude our twelve week look at Ivo Perelman's Reed Rapture In Brooklyn with music from his partnership with Ken Vandermark. There is also further music from Vandermark plus new albums from Mark Ortwein, John Bailey and Dave Stryker.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Ivo Perelman and Ken Vandermark “Four" from Reed Rapture ...


Song of the Day

Time Bandits

Label: Freedom Road Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 5:12


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Marauding John Bailey

Read "The Marauding John Bailey" reviewed by David Bixler

After more that 30 years as an omnipresent side man on the NYC scene, trumpeter John Bailey decided it was time to step out as a leader so in 2018 he recorded his first record, In Real Time. This was followed in 2020 with Can You Imagine, and now, in 2023, he has released Time Bandits ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ed Cherry, Jim Self, Eric Gloletz & Tawanda

Read "Ed Cherry, Jim Self, Eric Gloletz & Tawanda" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From a gem on the jazz vocalist front, we begin the 787th episode of Neon Jazz with Tawanda. From there, we hear from a major influence on her in Anita O'Day. We also get a host of new tunes to begin 2023 with John Bailey, Eric Goletz, Keith O'Rourke and guitarist Ed Cherry. We finish things ...



Label: Summit Recoreds
Released: 2022
Track listing: Hubub; Wandelen; Sparkplug-She Came to Play; Somewhere; Schiermonnikoog; Tornetto; Hymn for Her; Desert Island Tracks; Space Train; McQueen; Shatner.


Article: Album Review

Ted Kooshian: Hubub!

Read "Hubub!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York pianist and keyboardist Ted Kooshian continues his love affair with classic TV, cartoon themes and the pop scene, on Hubub!, offering a selection of striking originals influenced by his “enthusiastic love for pop culture," which includes tributes to actors Steve McQueen and William Shatner of Star Trek fame. The album's sole standard is Leonard ...


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