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.
“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.
So we did this record with Sinatra called Bop Goes My Heart, a sort of novelty bop recording.
Sinatra had a little trouble hitting the flatted fifth.
It wasn’t long before Colin got a call from Dick Bock, the owner of World Pacific Jazz record label, to play on a single track with Clare Fischer, with Albert Stinson on bass.
Dick said the reason he hired Colin was because he heard “Cast Your Fate.” That session became a whole record because Dick liked the way the trio played together.Colin lived in Australia in the late fifties and was staff drummer at T. In 1960, Colin met the biggest influence in his life as a drummer.Joe Morello came to Australia on a tour with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.When Miles and the Band got to the club for a sound check there were some people there from some kind of board that said Tony, who was only 16 at the time, was too young to play in such a place! As a member of the rhythm section, Colin got to play for guest artists Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and June Christy, among others. He played most week-ends with Red Garland at a club in Dallas.Miles needed a drummer, and having heard Colin with Victor, he called him to fill in for a couple of nights until they could sneak Tony in. In 1967, Colin started a twelve year studio career in L. In 1983 Colin joined the Richie Cole group Alto Madness, travelled to Japan and Europe, and toured the U. It was tough because he was still doing the teaching job as well.Since that move, he has played with Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd and singers Carol Sloane, Ernestine Anderson, Susannah Mc Corkle, Rosemary Clooney, and Joe Williams.