Victor Bailey (musician)

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Victor Bailey
Victor Bailey.jpg
Background information
Born (1960-03-27) March 27, 1960 (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1980–present
Labels Atlantic, Zebra, ESC, Chesky
Associated acts Weather Report
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.[2]

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 Bluiett, Olu Dara, Don Alias, Sadao Watanabe, Michael Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Roy Haynes, Tom Browne, Bobby Broom, Bernard Wright, Don Blackman, René McLean, Kevin Eubanks, Najee, Bennie Maupin, Patrice Rushen, and David Fiuczynski.[3]


Fender has released a Victor Bailey Signature acoustic bass guitar,[4] as well as the Victor Bailey Jazz Bass (Artist series), available in 4, 5-string, fretted and fretless versions. [5] Bailey also uses Markbass amplifiers. [6]

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 2015 retirement from performing and from his teaching position at Berklee College of Music.[7]



  1. ^ "CBW: Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White "Traffic" Chesky". The Washington Post. February 9, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Interview with bass player Victor Bailey". For Bass Players Only. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Victor Bailey | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Gear and equipment". Victor Bailey. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fender (2008-03-05), Fender® Victor Bailey Signature Basses, retrieved 2016-04-26 
  6. ^ "Artist's choice". Markbass. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Victor Bailey". October 30, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.