“A modernist burner with an abundance of Pat Martino-style chops.”
– Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine
Guitarist Sheryl Bailey is an in-demand leader, side-person, and educator. She currently has eight releases as a leader, including a recent DVD/CD from Mel Bay Records: “The Sheryl Bailey 3: Live in NYC.” All of her releases feature her work not only as a guitarist, but also as composer. She also leads Jazz Guitars Meet Hendrix, with jazz guitar virtuoso Vic Juris, which explores the music of Jimi Hendrix from a jazz guitar perspective. She has published educational books for Mel Bay: “Moveable Shapes: Concepts for Re-Harmonizing II-V-I’s” and her solo from her composition “Old and Young Blues” is included in the compilation “Jazz Masters Anthology Vol. VI.” She also has been a regular columnist for their “NY Scene” column for the Mel Bay website. She is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is on the faculty of The Collective in New York City. In addition to her solo outings, Sheryl has toured and recorded with David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness, Richard Bona, Shingo Okudaira, Abraham Inc., Fred Wesley, Kim Plainfield, Ian Froman, George Garzone, Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden, John Pisano, Gary Portnoy and pop diva Irene Cara. Sheryl also has had the honor of being a Jazz Ambassador in connection with the Kennedy Center and the US State Department – touring the music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Her newest release, “For All Those Living” features her quartet with pianist Jim Ridl. It is a new collection of original tunes with the theme of music as a healing power. It was inspired by her work at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC, and 20% of sales go to the house.