Benny Bailey

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Dexter Gordon and Benny Bailey at the Village Vanguard

Ernst Harold "Benny" Bailey (born August 13, 1925 in Cleveland , Ohio , † April 14, 2005 in Amsterdam ) was an American jazz trumpeter , flugelhorn player and singer.

Live and act

Bailey studied music in his hometown of Cleveland at the local conservatory . He began his career with Jay McShann , in 1947 he met Dizzy Gillespie and played in his big band. From 1948 he worked in the orchestra of Lionel Hampton . In 1953 he settled in Sweden during a European tour with this orchestra . He played in many big bands on different radio stations across Europe and in 1959 he joined the Quincy Jones Big Band . He then worked under Werner Müller at the RIAS Tanzorchester in Berlin, but also under his own name in smaller groups, for example with Joe Haider and Kurt Bong . From the beginning he was also a soloist in the Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland Big Band . With Les McCann and Eddie Harris he took part in the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival . In 1972 he replaced Shake Keane in the Kurt Edelhagen orchestra , and from 1972 to 1978 he was a member of The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band .

An attempt to return to work in the USA in 1980 failed. From 1983 he lived again in Europe and worked for various radio orchestras, but also with his own groups as well as with Phil Woods , Sarah Vaughan and Klaus Weiss , and also with the Paris Reunion Band. Most recently he lived as a freelance musician in Amsterdam.

Bailey also worked on recordings of Eric Dolphy , Phil Woods, Stan Getz , Count Basie , Peter Herbolzheimer , Miles Davis , Benny Golson , Jon Eardley , Phineas Newborn and Roman Schwaller .


Benny Bailey's career reflects jazz history: Quincy Jones said: “(...) fantastic breath control, remarkable pitch range, the most perfect technique I know on the trumpet.” His varied phrasing and rapid register changes have had a strong influence on European trumpeters like Bertil Löfgren .

Discographic notes


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary in The Telegraph
  2. ^ Jazzival: Benny Bailey. Jazzclub Gladbeck, archived from the original on October 26, 2005 ; Retrieved April 27, 2010 .