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John Bailey


Grammy award winning trumpet player John Bailey is a NYC-based jazz musician and teaching artist.


  Early in his career John was guided by jazz luminaries such as Woody Shaw, Michael Brecker, Ira Sullivan and Freddie Hubbard, who encouraged him to move to New York City.  John took their advice in 1995 and toured the world with Ray Charles the following year.  In 1997 John began a six year tenure with Ray Barretto’s “New World Spirit.”  This collaboration led to international tours, recordings and performances.  His recordings with Barretto include “Portraits in Jazz and Clave” with Joe Lovano, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Gomez and Steve Turre, “Trance Dance” with James Moody and “Homage to Art,” a grammy-nominated recording featuring John as soloist and composer.


John is currently touring and recording with the Ed Palermo Big Band and Max Weinberg.  Other credits include The Buddy Rich Band, Ray Charles, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Ray Barretto & New World Spirit, Frank Sinatra Jr., Paul Anka, Gloria Estefan and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.


  Mr. Bailey’s commitment to educating children has been a lifelong passion.  Many of his students have had the honor of playing in the New York All State Band as well as the Westchester All County Band.


  Prior to moving to New York John was professor of jazz studies at the University of Miami and professor of classical trumpet at Florida International University. He continues to appear as a clinician/Guest artist at universities and high schools throughout the US.


  John holds a BM in classical trumpet from The Eastman School of Music and a MM in Studio Music & Jazz from The University of Miami. 



 He has recorded for Fantasy, Blue Note, BMG, Universal, Capital-EMI, Sony, CBS Masterworks, Delmark and many independent labels.