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Victor Bailey was born in Philadelphia, on March 27, 1960 into a musical family so there was music playing constantly from the moment he arrived on the planet. His dad, Morris Bailey Jr., is a master composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, artist and teacher. During the 60's, 70's and 80's his songs were recorded by some of music's greatest R&B artists including, Patti LaBelle, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, The Spinners, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and international artist Nina Simone. As a saxophonist he played with cats like McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Lee Morgan and Reggie Workman. My uncle, Donald Bailey, is a legendary jazz drummer, probably best known as the drummer in the trio of groundbreaking jazz organist Jimmy Smith

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Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

Read "VII" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew

It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist/Composer Peter Horvath's 2nd Album As A Leader, "Absolute Reality," Due March 25

Pianist/Composer Peter Horvath's 2nd Album As A Leader, "Absolute Reality," Due March 25

Based in the jny: San Francisco Bay Area since the mid-1980s, keyboardist/composer Peter Horvath has thrived in the region’s highly diverse environment, where various music scenes often overlap. He’s played post-bop with Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, and Charles McPherson, and funk fusion with the Victor Bailey Group, Marcus Miller, Bennie Maupin, and Lenny White. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Beka Gochiashvili Trio Plays Limerick, Dublin, March 25-27

Beka Gochiashvili Trio Plays Limerick, Dublin, March 25-27

Teddy D Productions proudly present The Beka Gochiashvili Trio, Dolan’s Limerick, Wednesday March 25, 8pm and Dublin, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Friday 27, 8pm. “Beka Gochiashvili is a brilliant young piano prodigy. You’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the next few years" —Chick Corea, 2010 Line-Up: Beka Gochiashvili (Piano), Marty Jaffe (Bass), ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Michael Brecker: Now You See It...(Now You Don't)

Read "Michael Brecker: Now You See It...(Now You Don't)" reviewed by John Kelman

Michael Brecker Now You See It...(Now You Don't)MCA1990 Today's Rediscovery is Now You See It...(Now You Don't), by saxophone giant Michael Brecker. After the one-two punch of his first two recordings as a leader (excluding his 1982 collaboration with Claus Ogerman, Cityscape)-- Michael Brecker (Impulse!, 1987) and Don't Try ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Omar Hakim Experience: We Are One

Read "We Are One" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

To properly appreciate The Omar Hakim Experience one must look back to move forward. By the time Hakim slipped behind the drum kit of Weather Report in 1983, the band was staggering under the weight of personnel departures, management problems and family issues. Founding member Joe Zawinul went in search of new recruits and in walked ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jim Beard: Serving The Music

Read "Jim Beard: Serving The Music" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth ] Joe Zawinul said, “Jim Beard is my favorite keyboard player besides myself." I think that's a pretty high compliment, don't you? Jim Beard has been on the scene since the 1980s with a resume that reads like a sideman's dream: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lenny White: Lenny White Live from '97

Read "Lenny White Live from '97" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Lenny White played powerful funky drums on some of the best records in jazz and jazz fusion history, including Freddie Hubbard's triumphant Red Clay with Creed Taylor (CTI, 1970), Miles Davis' (in)famous Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), Romantic Warrior (Columbia, 1975) from his tenure in the Return to Forever rhythm section, and more.Lenny White Live ...


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