From the audience, a great performance comes across like a seamless miracle. If you could get the performer's commentary on what he does, though, you'd learn that each combines theory, technique and tricks of the trade with his talent in a totally individual way - and that's what students and fans have the opportunity to discover in an intimate series of workshops scheduled at Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street downtown Manhattan on Saturdays from 2 pm until 4 pm. For resevations call (212) 475-8592 or visit www.cliniccrafters.com
Our series continues on Saturday, March 19 with bassist Victor Bailey who, without doubt, belongs in the front rank of bass players on the scene today. He has recorded and toured with artists like Weather Report, Weather Update, Steps Ahead, Bill Evans, The Zawinul Syndicate, and Madonna among others. A native Philadelphian and current resident of Los Angeles, Bailey is a link in that long lineage of Philly bass that has produced such extraordinary players as Jymie Merritt, Tyrone Browne, Alphonso Johnson, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Charles Fambrough, Gerald Veasley and Christian McBride.
At a typical workshop, the visiting artist performs for a bit, discusses the theory and technique in his performance, invites a member of the audience to play and offers feedback and help with style and execution. Throughout, he answers questions from workshop participants. Because of the access and interchange available in the sessions, students have a treasure in this series," says critic Gary Giddins.