CRAIG BAILEY

Sax, Flute, Clarinet

Craig Bailey emerged in the mid-'90s to become one of the most consistently inventive and potentially significant saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist of his generation. He had played in his native Cincinnati and studied at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, graduating in 1984. After moving to New York in 1985, Bailey worked with big bands led by Charlie Persip (1985-1986), Slide Hampton, and Ray Charles (1987-2003). He also worked with Panama Francis' swing combos and recorded with the Nancy Banks Orchestra and Bobby Watson's short-lived big band. Bailey joined the Tana Reid Quintet in 1991 and had his recording debut as a leader with 1995's impressive Candid CD A New Journey.

Since Bailey's recording debut, he has recorded two more cd's under his name, Brooklyn on the Evidence record label and The Brooklyn Big Band 'Live at Sweet Rhythm' on the Candid record label.

Teaching concept: I like to evaluate the student's ability then take their weak points into consideration then development and work very vigorously on those areas while still strengthening the things they do well. My whole concept is built on slow practice. First developing then mind then onto one's instrument.

I am open to teaching all ages but my main concentration has been on the intermediate to advanced students.


Preferred age level of students
Six years old to adult

Preferred skill levels of students
Beginner, intermediate and advanced

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