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Colin was in the group that was opening for Brubeck. I knew he had tremendous chops, but when I saw and heard him play in person, I just had to have that technique.
For two weeks, as soon as Joe woke up every day, there I was with the practice pad. Six weeks later he joined the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and played clubs in San Francisco, including several months at the Trident in Sausalito, and other well known clubs such as The Blackhawk and Jazz Workshop.
“That,” says Colin, “was one of the thrills of my life.”In 1964-65 Colin was a member of Terry Gibbs’s six piece band on The Regis Philbin T. He also played with Carl Fontana, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, James Moody, Pepper Adams, and others during that period.
In 1985 Colin moved back to California and presently lives in the San Francisco area where he plays with his good friend, Piano player Dick Hindman.
That session led to another important connection in Colin’s career.
He also played on albums by Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, and Rosemary Clooney.
In the 70s, a young, talented crowd of guitarists raised their axes and slowly began to dominate.
Colin Bailey Born in Swindon, England on July 9th 1934, Colin Bailey began playing drums at age four.
He also studied piano and theory at an early age, and worked with English name bands from age eighteen. At that time he accompanied distinguished visiting jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan.