Victor Bailey (musician)

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Victor Bailey
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Background information
Born (1960-03-27) March 27, 1960 (age 55)
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, pop
Instruments Bass guitar, double bass, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Weather Report
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Fender Victor Bailey signature

Victor Bailey (born March 27, 1960 in Philadelphia) is an American bass guitar player.[1] He was the bass player for 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,[2] as well as the Victor Bailey Jazz Bass (Artist series), available in 4, 5-string, fretted and fretless versions.[citation needed] 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]



  1. ^ "CBW: LARRY CORYELL/VICTOR BAILEY/LENNY WHITE "Traffic" Chesky -". February 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Gear and equipment". Victor Bailey. Retrieved 09 Jul 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Artist's choice". Markbass. Retrieved 09 Jul 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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