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Ray Bailey is an accomplished musician and band leader as well as an exciting performer of all jazz styles. In the Chicago area he has performed at most major country clubs, hotels and in local jazz clubs such as Andy’s, The Back Room, Bella Vista, The Green Mill, Green Dolphin Street, Pop’s for Champaign, Joe’s Be-bop Café and may others that have come and gone.
The Ray Bailey Jazz Quintet played to standing-room-only crowds for 19 summers in the Garden Café of the Art Institute of Chicago. At the request of the project manager and program director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he has performed at cabaret fund-raisers and at parties for the season opening. And just recently was part of the Red Holt & friends at the 2007 Jazz fest “Remembering Eldee Young” Ray was born into a musical family in Oklahoma and has lived in Chicago since the age of ten.
He studied at the Chicago School of Music and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. While traveling with a jazz organ trio he preformed all over the United States and Europe. He has enjoyed accompanying actors and dancers in the theater as well as backing recording artists. Ray Bailey was profiled on Harry Porterfield’s log running television series Someone You Should Know. You can hear him on his CD Making Tracks and his New CD Ray Bailey and Friends Tracking the Sly Fox which can be purchased at CDBaby .com the jazz Record Mart also you can contact him through his Website.