NAAVA, The National Alliance Against Violence in America hosted an all star concert benefit at The Clef Club in Philadelphia for colleague bass player, Victor Bailey. Victor suffers from CMT, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. CMT is a disease of the spinal nervous system causing deformity and making it difficult for him to use his legs, hands, feet and in speaking.
Victor who was once a Professor at the Berklee School of Music has recorded and played with some of the industry's finest entertainers such as, The Brecker Brothers, Lady Gaga, Madonna, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige and Weather Report just to name a few. Tuesday night was the night that his colleagues came out to pay tribute to this great artist. Some of the top musicians performed starting with Wisdom Stick featuring Tony Jones, followed by the New York Philly All Stars with music greats such as Alex Bugnon, Doug Grigsby, Gerald Veasley, Bill Jolly, Bill Evans and Chuck Loeb. Other great musicians were Dexter Wansel and the band Instant Funk. Two other giant feature acts of the night were singers Billy Paul and Dee Dee Sharp, both supported by Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums and Brett Jolly on bass.
The highlight of the evening was the all star bass tribute to Victor. This was a jam session featuring bass players Gerald Veasley, Steve Green, Tony Jones, Doug Grigsby and Cedric Napoleon with each bass player kickin' off a solo that brought the audience to their feet. "The only thing I can say is that the stage was smokin' hot, said founder of NAAVA, legendary music producer and musician himself, T Life. " It took everything I had to keep me from jumping on that stage and jammin'", he said, "It was just that good".
Victor Bailey's friends and fans from all over came out to support him on this wonderful night, and it was a great showing of love and support. There was not an empty seat in the house and the music was amazing.
For more highlights on the event visit www.thenaavafoundation.org