Berklee College of Music recently announced that Steve Bailey has been named chair of the college’s Bass Department. Bailey, six-string fretless bass pioneer, educator, and author, begins his tenure this summer. He succeeds Rich Appleman, who retired in May 2012 after holding the position for 40 years.
A partial list of Bailey’s extensive recording and performance credits include Paquito D’Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Wooten, Claudio Roditti, the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Jethro Tull, Willie Nelson, and Mel Torme. Bailey brings to Berklee over 25 years of teaching experience, with faculty appointments at Musicians Institute, UNC Wilmington, and Coastal Carolina University. He is the author of six books and instructional DVDs on bass performance, and is an in-demand clinician and performer. He holds a B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami, with additional study at the University of North Texas. Bailey was twice recognized as runner-up Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player Magazine, and is co-founder of Bass Extremes, a collaboration with Victor Wooten.
Steve is a new ISB member and it looks like he will be joining us in June for the convention. Congratulations Steve!