Steve Bailey

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Steve Bailey
Bailey performing at Stanford University
Bailey performing at Stanford University
Background information
Birth name (1960-02-10) February 10, 1960 (age 60)
Born Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.
InstrumentsBass guitar, double bass
Years active1981–present

Steve Bailey (born February 10, 1960) is an American bassist. In 2012 and 2013 he toured with Victor Wooten on the Sword and Stone/Words and Tones tour, playing electric bass, upright, keyboards, and trombone.


Bailey began playing bass guitar at age 12 and started playing fretless bass after he ran over his fretted Stuart Spector with his car. He started playing double bass after hearing Stanley Clarke playing with Return to Forever. He is Chair of the Bass Department at the Berklee College of Music. [1] He has been a faculty member at Coastal Carolina University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was also a faculty member at Hollywood's BIT for 10 years. He is a contributor to Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp, which helps to teach bassists of all ranges. He is an avid tennis player and surfer.

Bailey has worked with Ernestine Anderson, Bass Extremes, David Benoit, Tab Benoit, Michel Camilo, Larry Carlton, Paquito D'Rivera, Chris Duarte, Bryan Duncan, Brandon Fields, Dave Liebman, Dizzy Gillespie, Scott Henderson, Carol Kaye, Kitaro, T Lavitz, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Willie Nelson, John Patitucci, Ray Price, Toni Price, Emily Remler, The Rippingtons, Claudio Roditi, Billy Joe Shaver, Billy Sheehan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mel Tormé, and Jethro Tull.


As leader

  • Evolution (1993)
  • Bass Extremes Vol. 2 with Victor Wooten (1998)
  • Bass Extremes Just Add Water with Victor Wooten (2001)
  • So Low...Solo (2007)

As sideman

  • David Benoit, Inner Motion (1990)
  • David Benoit, Letter to Evan (1992)
  • David Benoit, Shaken Not Stirred (1994)
  • Tab Benoit, Nice & Warm (1992)
  • Tab Benoit, What I Live For (1994)
  • Doug Cameron, Rendezvous (1996)
  • Paquito D'Rivera, Live at the Keystone Korner (1983)
  • Paquito D'Rivera, Taste of Paquito (1991)
  • Jesse Dayton, Raisin' Cain (1995)
  • Bryan Duncan, Strong Medicine (1989)
  • Russ Freeman, Holiday (1995)
  • Jeff Kashiwa, Remember Catalina (1995)
  • Kitaro, Dream (1992)
  • Masi, Downtown Dreamers (1985)
  • Roberto Perera, Erotica (1987)
  • Ray Price, Prisoncer of Love (2000)
  • Toni Price, Lowdown & Up
  • Steve Reid, Bamboo Forest (1994)
  • Steve Reid, Water Sign (1996)
  • David Rice, Released (1995)
  • The Rippingtons, Curves Ahead (1991)
  • The Rippingtons, Tourist in Paradise (1989)
  • The Rippingtons, Weekend in Monaco (1992)
  • The Rippingtons, Welcome to St. James' Club (1990)
  • Shaver, Highway of Life (1996)
  • Harry Sheppard, This-a-Way That-a-Way (1991)
  • Harry Sheppard, Points of View (1992)
  • Starfighters, In-Flight Movie (1982)
  • Jethro Tull, Roots to Branches (1995)
  • Robin Williamson, Old Fangled Tone (1999)
  • Victor Wooten, Yin-Yang (1999)
  • Victor Wooten, Soul Circus (2005)
  • Victor Wooten, Palmystery (2008)


  • Advanced Rock Bass (1991)
  • Five String Bass (1991)
  • Fretless Bass
  • Rock Bass (1991)
  • Six String Bass (1991)
  • Bass Extremes (1993) by Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten


  • Fretless Bass REH (1992)
  • Bass Extremes: Live (1994)
  • The Day Bass Players Took Over the World, Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge (2006)
  • Warwick: Fuss on the Buss 1, featuring Larry Graham, Bootsy, TM Stevens, etc. (2009)
  • Warwick: Fuss on the Buss II, featuring Bootsy, Robert Trujillo, Lee Sklar, Verdine White, etc. (2011)
  • Warwick: Fuss on the Buss III, featuring Ralph Armstrong, Larry Graham, Jonas Hellborg, Ryan Martini, TM Stevens, etc. (2012)


  1. ^ "Steve Bailey - Berklee College of Music". Retrieved 2013-12-15.

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