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Billy Cobham Spectrum: Live in Italy 2004

A 2004 video recently surfaced on Youtube of the Billy Cobham Spectrum performing in Italy. The band featured Cobham along with Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, and Tom Coster. It is amazing.

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Partly Sunny: Victor Bailey Documentary

I can’t believe I missed this video until now. Released in November 2017, here’s “Partly Sunny,” which is described as “a humble documentary of the late great bassist Victor Bailey.” What a tribute to one of the greats in bass history.


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 basses and studio other gear...

2016 Reader Favorites

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 why we’re all such big...

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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 Bailey. They’ve also announced Victor...

In Memoriam

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 from the ’60s and ’70s...

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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 work with Weather Report, but...

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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 Loueke on guitar. Happy birthday,...


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 affecting his health decline, indicating...


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 me to let you know...

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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 you want to skip ahead...

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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 Anton Fig on drums got...