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Samuel David Bailey (born February 22, 1926) is an American jazz drummer.[1]

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Bailey studied drumming in New York City at the Music Center Conservatory after serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He played with Herbie Jones from 1951–53 and later with Johnny Hodges, Charles Mingus, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, Billy Taylor, Art Farmer, Ben Webster, and Horace Silver. Between 1954 and 1968 he played on several sessions led by Gerry Mulligan, and in the 1960s he played with Clark Terry, Kenny Dorham, Grant Green, Lee Konitz, Cal Tjader, Roger Kellaway, and Bob Brookmeyer.

In 1969 he retired from music and became a flight instructor. Beginning in 1973 he worked in music education in New York and was involved with the Jazzmobile.

Discography[edit | edit source]

As leader[edit | edit source]

As sideman[edit | edit source]

With George Braith

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Chris Connor

  • Free Spirits (Atlantic, 1962)

With Lou Donaldson

With Art Farmer

With Curtis Fuller

With Stan Getz

With Grant Green

  • Green Street (Blue Note, 1961)

With Tubby Hayes

With Johnny Hodges and Lalo Schifrin

With Roger Kellaway

With Lee Konitz

With Norman Mapp

With Howard McGhee

With Marian McPartland

With Helen Merrill

With Gerry Mulligan

With Mark Murphy

With André Previn

With Vi Redd

With Charlie Rouse

With Lalo Schifrin

With Jimmy Scott

With Bola Sete

With Art Simmons

With Jimmy Smith

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Lucky Thompson

With Ben Webster

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 28. ISBN 0-141-00646-3. 

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