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Colin Bailey


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Colin James Bailey (born July 9, 1934) is a jazz drummer.

Born in Swindon, England, Bailey learned to play drums as a child, studying formally from age seven. He lived in Australia from 1958 into the early 1960s, and played with Bryce Rohde and the Australian Jazz Quartet during this time. When the AJQ toured the U.S., Bailey was hired by Vince Guaraldi, with whom Bailey played (alongside Jimmy Witherspoon and Ben Webster) until 1963, and returned to work with for the Charlie Brown specials in 1965. Settling in California, Bailey worked with Clare Fischer (1962–64), Victor Feldman (1964), Joe Pass (1963–64), and Miles Davis (1963). He toured worldwide with Benny Goodman in 1964-65, played on a television program with Terry Gibbs, and toured with George Shearing in 1966-67. He also spent time with Chet Baker, Ray Brown, João Gilberto, and Blossom Dearie (1975).

In 1970, Bailey became an American citizen. He spent six years as Ed Shaughnessy’s backup in the Tonight Show band, and starred in Fernwood Tonight in a drumming role in 1977-78. After moving to Texas in 1979, he became a faculty member at North Texas State University from 1981-84. His later work includes time with Richie Cole, Jimmy Rowles, Red Mitchell, Stefan Scaggliari, Joe Pass again, Ron Affif, John Pisano, and Weslia Whitfield.

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  • BlackBuddha1

    I'm not educated enough to know the distinction. I know I get this name on my computer from the Charlie Brown Christmas CD which is how and why I came to love Vince Guaraldi. I imagine the tagging issues has some lawyers behind it.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • dp316

    Will we ever find a way to correctly tag the Vince Guaraldi trio songs that keep getting accidentally credited to Colin Bailey? From what I can tell, anyone ripping a CD in Windows Media Player makes this tagging error by default.

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • thekestreldive

    Anyone else feel this guy is underrated? In my opinion, one of the best jazz drummers of all time! He is amazing live.

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
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