Victor Bailey Battles Muscular Dystrophy

Bass legend Victor Bailey has announced that his battle with muscular dystrophy has worsened.

For the past 25 years bass legend, member of Weather Report, educator, and solo artist Victor Bailey has been battling a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot Marie Tooth disease. In recent months the disease has been limiting the mobility in Bailey's legs and has now spread to his upper body, which has taken away his ability to play bass and use his hands. Because of this he has had to step away from his teaching role at the Berklee College of Music, and also break from his current solo work. 

Bailey posted this message on his Facebook page:

“To everyone who has been wondering why you haven’t seen or heard from me it’s time for me to let you know what’s going on. Quite simply I am just not in the best of health. I have been dealing with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot Marie Tooth disease for the last 25 years. You’ve all seen me using a cane as my legs are getting weaker. Now it is affecting my upper body. And my arms and hands are very weak. At this point in time too weak to perform. I need help with all daily living activities so for the past three months I have been living at an assisted living facility in Newton Massachusetts. I have taken a leave of absence from Berklee College of music and from touring. Right now I could use your prayers and positive vibes. I will be keeping you guys updated on my condition. It is possible that I can get stronger again so please send me positive energy.” 

Please send positive messages and encouragement to his Facebook page HERE


Victor Bailey’s Bass Manifesto

FROM HIS ’80S HEYDAY WITH WEATHER Report and Steps Ahead through his mid ’90s stint with Madonna, two tours of duty with the Joe Zawinul Syndicate, and up to his recent stint in the Bill Evans/Randy Brecker Soulbop Band, Victor Bailey has earned his stripes as a reliable groovemeister and consummate accompanist. He stepped out from that supportive role on a few rare occasions, notably his three recordings as a leader—1989’s Bottom’s Up, 1999’s Low Blow, and 2001’s That’s Right—but Bailey has never before played as much bass as he does on his latest solo outing, Slippin’ N’ Trippin’, his most satisfying and rewarding project to date.