NAAVA announces the Victor Bailey Fundraising Benefit at the legendary Clef Club 738 S Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19146, Tuesday March 8, 2016, 7:00pm to 11:00pm. This Fundraising Benefit will be honoring Victor Bailey, one of the most talented and beloved musicians in the entertainment industry. Victor now suffers with CMT, Charcot Marie Tooth disease that affects both his motor and sensory nerves. Today Victor no longer can enjoy playing the music he once loved. Known for his God given talent, his career includes over 1,000 recordings with some of the industry's finest entertainers such as, Madonna, The Brecker Brothers, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige and Weather Report, just to name a few. "This Benefit will help Victor get the care he needs with this crippling disease," says NAAVA founder and award winning producer, T Life.
The Victor Bailey Fundraising Benefit will feature an all star tribute to Victor with great musicians such as, Chuck Loeb, Poogie Bell, Bill Evans, Gerald Veasley, Alex Bugnon, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Steve Green, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Donald Robinson and musical director and three time Emmy Award Winner, Bill Jolly. Special guests will be Grammy Award Winner, Mr. Billy Paul, The Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dee Dee Sharp, Dexter Wansel, Instant Funk, Norman Connors, Doug Grigsby, Sam Peakes and Speaker, Jeana Sweeney from the Charcot Marie Tooth Association.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.thenaavafoundation.org for $40 and VIP tickets for $50 which includes a meet and greet with celebrities after the event. Donations are also welcome at the website.
For more information or to give call NAAVA at (610) 285-9733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victor Bailey was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, on March 27, 1960 to a musical family. His father, Morris Bailey Jr., was a master composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, artist and teacher.
Victor played in a Navy band for four years and then attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston. His classmates at that time who are now successful musicians and performed with Victor are Branford Marsalis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Poogie Bell, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lynne Carrington (who was about twelve years old at the time), Stu Hamm, Steve Vai, Mark Ledford, Tommy Campbell, Rachelle Ferrell, Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, and many others.
Victor also worked with some of the finest musicians in the industry during his career including drummer, Poogie Bell and South African trumpeter, Hugh Masakela. He recorded with some of his idols such as, Sonny Rollins, Miriam Makeba, Lenny White, Hamiet Bluiet, Olu Dara, Don Alias, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Michael Urbaniak, Ursula Dudziak and Roy Haynes. Victor's younger peers that he played and recorded with include Tom Browne, Bobby Broom, Kenny Kirkland, Bernard Wright, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Kevin Eubanks, Omar Hakim and many others. He was also honored to work with Weather Report, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Brecker, LL Cool J and Mary J Blige. Victor has written for and produced artists like the Force MD's, Alex Bugnon, George Howard and Missing Links. In the late 80's and early 90's he took the jazz fusion super-group Steps Ahead to new heights, transitioning them from a clever acoustic jazz band to an funky electric monster with Mike Mainieri, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and Chuck Loeb.
In 1989, Victor released his first record, "Bottom's Up", which was an instant bass classic and one of the most important records ever by a bass guitarist. It was the first time he was ever recorded playing the way he really played instead of back up bass grooves for other artist. People finally got to hear Victor's writing, arranging, keyboard playing, drumming, sound programming, and singing. He continued his own recording career with many great artists and released his last album to date Slippin' N' Trippin' in 2010. Victor eventually went back to teaching at the Berklee College of Music.
During those 25 years of making music, Victor had been suffering from Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, a form of muscular dystrophy. This is the same disease his father died from two years ago at the age of 82. Victor went from using a cane, to driving a scooter, to needing much more help to get around comfortably. He finally had to retire from both his solo career and his teachings so that he could receive more help on a daily basis. Victor is now in great financial need from all the medical expenses that this disease incurs. A spectacular all star fundraising benefit will hopefully help give Victor some much needed relief from these financial burdens. We here at NAAVA hope you'll join us to help Victor in his time of need.
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