Exclusive Interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
December 3, 2012
Throughout his brilliant career, Steve Bailey has worked alongside a veritable who’s who of musical luminaries, cutting across virtually all genres of musical styles. He has performed and/or recorded with beboppers Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody and Lew Tabackin; Latin jazz stars Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditti and Michel Camilo; smooth jazzers David Benoit, the Rippingtons and Kilauea; rockers Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynrd and Jon Anderson; country crooners Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Billy Joe Shaver; fusion artists Larry Carlton, Emily Remler and Brandon Fields; New-agers Kitaro, Max Highstein and T Lavitz; blues artists Tab Benoit, Johnny Witherspoon and Toni Price; jazz singers Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson and Mark Murphy; and fellow bassists Victor Wooten (with whom he formed the popular Bass Extremes series), John Patitucci and Billy Sheehan.
Steve was a faculty member of Bass Institute of Technology for ten years. He has also served as Artist-in-Residence at Coastal Carolina University, an advisory board member and columnist for Bass Player magazine and faculty member of the National Guitar Summer Workshop.
FBPO caught up with Steve at Bass Player Live! 2012. Watch our exclusive video interview as Steve shares his feelings on his new position as Chairman of the Bass Department at the esteemed Berklee College of Music, as well as thoughts on music education, goals for the future and more.