Albert Dailey

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Albert Dailey. From the cover of the album Albert Dailey Trio: That Old Feeling, SteepleChase Records, 1978

Albert Dailey (June 16, 1939, Baltimore, Maryland – June 26, 1984, Denver, Colorado) was an American jazz pianist.


Albert Preston Dailey was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He began studying piano young, and his first professional appearances were with the house band of the Baltimore Royal Theater in the early 1950s.[2] Later in the decade he studied at Morgan State University and the Peabody Conservatory. He backed Damita Jo DuBlanc on tour from 1960 to 1963, and following this briefly put together his own trio in Washington, D.C., playing at the Bohemian Caverns. In 1964 he moved to New York City, where he played with Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1967 he played with Woody Herman at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and played intermittently with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1968 to 1969.[1]

In the 1970s Dailey played with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, and Archie Shepp. In the 1980s he did concerts at Carnegie Hall and was a member of the Upper Manhattan Jazz Society with Charlie Rouse, Benny Bailey, and Buster Williams.

He died of pneumonia in Denver in 1984, aged 46.[1]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Ray Alexander

  • Cloud Patterns (Nerus Records, 1983) - live at Eddie Condon's

With Gary Bartz

  • Libra (Milestone, 1968)

With Art Blakey

With Junior Cook

With Larry Coryell

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Walt Dickerson

With Art Farmer

With Ricky Ford

With Frank Foster

With Stan Getz

With Slide Hampton

With Tom Harrell

  • Play of Light (1982)

With Freddie Hubbard

With Budd Johnson

With Elvin Jones

With Lee Konitz

With Oliver Nelson

With Dizzy Reece

With Charlie Rouse

  • Social Call (1984)

With Archie Shepp

  • Ballads for Trane (1977)

With Harold Vick