Judy Bailey (pianist)

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Judy Bailey
Birth nameJudith Mary Bailey
Born (1935-10-03) 3 October 1935 (age 83)
Auckland, New Zealand
GenresJazz, soundtrack, children's music, third stream
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Judith Mary Bailey OAM (born 3 October 1935[1]) is a New Zealand-born pianist, jazz musician and composer who has lived in Australia since the 1960s.

Music career[edit]

Bailey was born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, a town in the north of New Zealand. As a young child she learned ballet, followed by piano and theory when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Trinity College London when she was 16.

Bailey moved to Australia in 1960,[2] spending most of her time in Sydney.[3] She performed live on TV and on recordings.[2]

Bailey is a lecturer in jazz composition and jazz piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music[2] and is musical director of the Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble.[4]

In 1973, Bailey became the pianist on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation children's radio show Kindergarten, which often featured presenters from Play School, notably Barbara Frawley, Alister Smart, Don Spencer and Geoff Ayling.[5]



  • 1991 Notwithstanding
  • 1993 Sundial
  • 2005 The Spritely Ones
  • 2016 You & the Night & the Music (re-release)[1]


  1. ^ a b Chadbourne, Eugene. "Judy Bailey | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Judy Bailey : Represented Artist Profile : Australian Music Centre". Australian Music Centre. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  3. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Judy Bailey | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  4. ^ "SOUNZ - NZ composer - Judy Bailey". Sounz. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  5. ^ "Judy Bailey". ABC. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Judy Bailey Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Jazz Australia". Jazz Australia. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  7. ^ "Staff Detail". music.sydney.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  8. ^ "Judy Bailey honoured with the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award". The Melbourne Newsroom. Retrieved 2019-01-23.

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