Victor Bailey (born March 27, 1960 in Philadelphia) is an American bass guitar player. He was the bass player for [1 ] Weather Report during their final years from 1982 to 1986, and launched a solo career in 1988.
Bailey attended the
Berklee College of Music in Boston after being disqualified from naval service due to asthma.
As musician [ edit ]
Bailey has recorded and/or toured with
Omar Hakim, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Miriam Makeba, Larry Coryell, Lenny White, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Poogie Bell, Weather Report, Michael Brecker, LL Cool J, Kenny Garrett, Jim Beard, David Gilmore, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Steps Ahead, Sting, Hamiet Bluiet, Olu Dara, Don Alias, Sadao Watanabe, Michael Urbaniak, Ursula Dudziak, Roy Haynes, Tom Browne, Bobby Broom, Kenny Kirkland, Bernard Wright, Don Blackman, Rene McClean, Kevin Eubanks, Tommy Campbell, Kenwood Dennard, Delmar Brown, Najee, Bennie Maupin, Patrice Rushen, Rayford Griffin and Nick Smith, Scott Peaker, and David Fiuczynski among others.
Fender has released a Victor Bailey Signature acoustic bass guitar, as well as the [2 ] Victor Bailey Jazz Bass (Artist series), available in 4, 5-string, fretted and fretless versions. Bailey also uses Markbass amplifiers. [3 ]
Personal Life [ edit ]
Victor Bailey has suffered from
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease for most of his adult life. As the disease progresses, Bailey began using a cane to offset his weakened legs. The weakness finally spread to his upper body, necessitating his retirement from performing and from his teaching position at Berklee College of Music. [4 ]
Discography [ edit ]
Bottom's Up, 1989
, 1992 (live album, collaboration with Petite Blonde Dennis Chambers, Mitch Forman, Chuck Loeb, and Bill Evans)
, 1999 Low Blow
That's Right!, 2001
Electric, 2005 (with Larry Coryell and Lenny White)
Traffic, 2006 (with Larry Coryell and Lenny White)
Slippin' 'n' Trippin', 2010
References [ edit ]