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date: 23 October 2019

Bailey, Benny [Ernest Harold ]locked

  • Roland Baggenaes
  • , revised by Michel Laplace
  •  and Barry Kernfeld


[Ernest Harold ]

(b Cleveland, Aug 13, 1925; d Amsterdam, April 14, 2005). American trumpeter. After learning piano and flute he took up trumpet and studied at the Cleveland Conservatory of Music and privately with George Russell. In the early 1940s he played with Bull Moose Jackson and the drummer and singer Scatman Crothers, and then toured with Jay McShann and played with Teddy Edwards. He joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1947 and toured Europe with it the following year. After leaving Gillespie he was one of the principal soloists with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra (1948–53), with which he appears in a number of short films, most notably Air Mail Special. In 1953 Bailey settled in Europe; he lived for several years in Sweden and became an important musician there. He was a member of Harry Arnold’s band (1957–9), recorded with Stan Getz (1958), and joined Quincy Jones (...

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