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  • Victor Bailey’s Basses Up For Auction

    Victor Bailey’s Basses Up For Auction

    The world lost one of its great bass players in November with the passing of the legendary Victor Bailey. His work with artists ranging from Weather Report to Madonna as well as his own solo albums influenced a whole generation of bassists. Now, as part of his wishes, his estate is placing several of his... »

  • 2016 Reader Favorites – #1: Victor Bailey

    2016 Reader Favorites – #1: Victor Bailey

    On November 11th, 2016, the bass world was stunned by the news of the passing of Victor Bailey. Our tribute to him was one of the most read stories of the year, with bassists and fans offering up their own thoughts on the legendary bassist. Throughout the year, we featured some videos which showcase just... »

  • Berklee Bass Department: Little Drummer Boy

    Berklee Bass Department: Little Drummer Boy

    One of our favorite holiday traditions is getting a holiday video from Steve Bailey and the Berklee Bass Department. This year, Steve, and fellow Berklee bass faculty Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, James Genus and Lincoln Goines put together this terrific arrangement of “Little Drummer Boy”. The bassists dedicate this year’s video to the late Victor... »

  • In Memoriam: Victor Bailey

    In Memoriam: Victor Bailey

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that bass legend Victor Bailey has passed away from complications with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He was 56 years old. Bailey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a musical family. His father, Morris Bailey Jr., was a composer, arranger and saxophonist that wrote songs for R&B artists... »

  • Weather Report with Victor Bailey: D Flat Waltz, Live in Japan (1985)

    Weather Report with Victor Bailey: D Flat Waltz, Live in Japan (1985)

    Our thoughts are with Victor Bailey as he struggles with serious health issues. Yesterday, Wayne Shorter shared a video of Weather Report performing in Japan in 1985. This particular clip of “D Flat Waltz” really took me back to a time spinning vinyl and admiring Victor’s work as a teenager. And it wasn’t just his... »

  • Beka Gochiashvili Quintet with Victor Bailey: Sonny

    Beka Gochiashvili Quintet with Victor Bailey: Sonny

    Today we’re celebrating the birthday of one of our long time favorites, and a bassist in our thoughts: Victor Bailey. Here’s a great clip of Victor with pianist Beka Gochiashvili’s Quintet performing at the 2012 Black Sea Jazz Festival. The rest of the quintet includes Lenny White on drums, Jaleel Shaw on sax and Lionel... »

  • Victor Bailey Shares Health Update

    Victor Bailey Shares Health Update

    Bass legend Victor Bailey has been battling a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcott Marie Tooth disease for the past two decades. After announcing that his condition has worsened, the former Weather Report member checked in on his Facebook page to update his fans. A series of tests revealed that there is no outside factor... »

  • Victor Bailey Battling Muscular Dystrophy

    Victor Bailey Battling Muscular Dystrophy

    Today we’re asking for your positive energy. Bass legend Victor Bailey has announced that his battle with muscular dystrophy has worsened. While the disease had affected his legs the worst, it has now spread to his upper body. “To everyone who has been wondering why you haven’t seen or heard from me it’s time for... »

  • Studio Jams: Boogie On Reggae Woman

    Studio Jams: Boogie On Reggae Woman

    Here is another terrific video from one of my favorite shows, Studio Jams. In this episode, guitarist Oz Noy suggests Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” as the tune this group of musicians plays for their very first collaboration. The group nails this one, with Victor Bailey on bass and Anton Fig on drums. If... »

  • Studio Jams with Victor Bailey: The Chicken

    Studio Jams with Victor Bailey: The Chicken

    I really dig what the guys at Studio Jams do. In each episode, they bring in a group of talented musicians, many who are meeting each other for the first time, and let them create music. In episode #38, which was released in 2009, Victor Bailey, Jeff Golub on guitar, Matt King on keys and... »