Derek Bailey


Derek Bailey was born in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom on January 29th, 1930 and is the Guitarist. At the age of 75, Derek Bailey biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 29, 1930
Place of Birth
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Death Date
Dec 25, 2005 (age 75)
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Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist, Jazz Musician
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Derek Bailey Life

Derek Bailey (born in 1930 and 2005) was an English avant-garde guitarist and participant of the free improvisation movement.

Bailey discarded traditional performance techniques such as jazz, atonality, noise, and any other unusual sounds he could produce with the guitar.

Incus Records, Incus Records, released a large portion of his work.

Bailey performed with other musicians and recorded with ensembles such as Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Company, in addition to solo performances.


Derek Bailey Career


Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. He started playing guitar at the age of ten and became a third-generation performer. He worked with Sheffield City organist C. H. C. Biltcliffe, an unpleasant visit for him, as well as his uncle George Wing and John Duarte. As an adult, he performed in clubs, radio, and dance hall bands, as well as on television's Opportunity Knocks.

Bailey's first foray into free improvisation was in 1953 with two guitarists in Glasgow. Joseph Holbrooke, named after English composer Joseph Holbrooke, was part of a trio established in 1963 with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars, but the group never performed his music. At first, the band performed traditional jazz but later moved into free jazz.

Bailey moved to London in 1966. He met like-minded musicians such as saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and double bassist Dave Holland, with whom he formed the Spontaneous Music Ensemble at the Little Theatre Club run by drummer John Stevens. They sang Karyobin for Island Records in 1968. Bailey, percussionist Jamie Muir, and Hugh Davies on homemade electronics formed the Music Improvisation Company. The band existed until 1971. He was a member of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra and founded the trio Iskra 1903 with double bassist Barry Guy and trombonist Paul Rutherford, who was named after a newspaper published by Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. He was a member of Oxley's sextet until 1973.

Bailey, Tony Oxley, Evan Parker, and Michael Walters formed Incus in 1970. It was the first independent label to be owned by a musician in the United Kingdom. Walters and Thomas were fired early in the company's history; Parker and Bailey acted as co-directors until the mid-1980s, when internal tensions between them culminated in Parker's departure. Bailey and his partner Karen Brookman shared the name until his death in 2005.

Bailey co-founded Musics magazine in 1975, as "an evolving experivization arts magazine."

Bailey formed the collaborative project Company in 1976, which included Han Bennink, Steve Beresford, Anthony Braxton, Buckethead, Eugene Chadbourne, Lol Coxhill, Johnny Dyani, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger, Henry Kaiser, Steve Lacy, Misha Khan, Misha Mengelberg, Wadada Leo Smith, and John Zorn. Company Week, which lasted until 1994, was hosted by Bailey. He wrote the book Improvisation: Its Origins and Practice in 1980. On the Edge: Improvisation in Music, a four-part TV series narrated by Bailey in 1992, was adapted by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom into a four-part television series.

Bailey died in London on Christmas Day in 2005. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease for the past.