Victor Bailey

“I had been telling everyone since I was sixteen years old that I was going to play with Weather Report after Jaco. And when word got out that Jaco had gone solo, everyone in New York said ‘that's your gig’ to me.” Victor Bailey not only assumed the Weather Report bass chair after the aforementioned icon propelled the band to international stardom, he pushed the legendary ensemble to even greater artistic heights on Procession (1983), which to my ears, is their most definitive collection. A composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, educator, solo recording artist, and sideman, Bailey shined on stage and on record with a diverse array of artists including Michael Brecker, Steps Ahead, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Larry Coryell, Santana, Lenny White,  Kenny Garrett, Sting, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pharoah Sanders, and Sonny Rollins to cite a select few.